Brightwell Baldwin is a picturesque village situated near Wallingford in South Oxfordshire. When RPA Architects were appointed to obtain planning permission for a replacement dwelling at The Spinney the site was occupied by a poor quality, thermally inefficient bungalow with no real architectural merit. The village was otherwise pretty and full of characterful properties yet the building which existed was considered by many to be an eyesore and no longer fit for purpose.
It was felt that the construction of a carefully designed replacement dwelling would enhance both the site and the village in its wider context; planning consent was obtained and the new structure will provide a high quality family home suited to its prominent village location.
A traditional appearance has been achieved by design and the selection of materials such as brick, clay tiles and timber cladding of an appropriately high quality which relate well to the local vernacular. Many of the features incorporated within the design - such as the flat-roof, lead lined dormer windows - can be seen elsewhere in the village and the intention is that the new property will be quickly and easily assimilated into its environment.
Construction is well advanced and completion is due in October 2017.