In order to secure planning permission to replace the detached 1930’s brick and pebbledash building which occupied this large site with a number of scattered outbuildings at Woolhampton in West Berkshire we had to address a number of issues including flood risk, protected species, highway access and proximity adjacent to the River Kennet and conservation area. The existing property was unsuitable for habitation due to its location on low-lying land susceptible to flooding and its inefficient, outdated construction.
The existing house and a number of substantial outbuildings were to be demolished and their volume was consolidated in order to gain consent for a replacement dwelling and detached carport building with a home office at first floor. An attractive brick lean-to boundary building will be repaired to enhance the boundary of the conservation area and retained for garden storage.
The new home will provide four large bedrooms and open plan living at ground floor. A country aesthetic has been chosen with oak feature elements (including an entrance porch and garden room) and composite slate roof tiles. Elevations will be rendered and the construction will feature a number of sustainable technologies.
Work is progressing on site; piled foundations were required to deal with ground conditions and with the superstructure well-advanced completion will be achieved in Spring 2018.