We were introduced to this project by a past client who has undertaken a number of other developments in Richmond. The site lies on the edge of a Conservation Area and previously included a dilapidated detached house badly damaged by subsidence. The option for a new-build house was obvious and a contemporary design route was chosen. Following very favourable ‘pre-app’ discussions with the Council, planning permission was subsequently granted.
At this point the property was sold on with the benefit of the new planning consent. Snell David were then approached by the new owners who wanted to build-out the scheme without any major design changes. The project started on site in 2020: whilst delayed by problems associated with Brexit, Covid19 and labour & material shortages it continued throughout and completed in early 2022.
By adopting a flat roof solution and setting the building into the slope of the site it was possible set the building lower than the original house on the site. The new house sits comfortably on the site and has been expertly integrated into the landscape by landscape designer Tom Massey, winner of the RHS Gold Medal and the BBC People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2021.
The palette of materials used on the building has deliberately been kept simple with powder-coated aluminium windows and doors, through-colour render, vertical accoya cladding and dark grey brick slips to fascias. An array of rooftop solar panels helps provide power for the house and for car charging.
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