Contemporary House

Dates: 2004-2005

Client: Private

Context: Woodland site within a former estate in the centre of the Lake District National Park

Description: Replacement of a 1970s 3 bedroom bungalow with large picture windows, large dormer extension, and further ad hoc extensions with a new 3 bedroom 2 storey house of contemporary design. Our task was to turn around an existing proposal that had been refused on the grounds that it was of a larger size and value than the bungalow it replaced and that the design was ill proportioned and was neither of the local vernacular or innovative. We achieved this by lodging an appeal to affirm that under current planning policy a replacement dwelling, regardless of size or value, was acceptable whilst at the same time improving the design. We worked in close collaboration with a second architect, appointed by the client, who successfully interpreted our brief to achieve a dwelling of a unique design, of its time, that “organically” evolves from the receiving rocky slope, is light and multi facetted to reduce visual bulk and uses traditional materials of the locality, such as slate stone walls, terracotta tiles, slate and copper sheet roofing, but in a contemporary style. Bat roosts in the existing bungalow emerged as another planning issue. Through our co-ordination of an appropriate expert acceptable mitigation was secured comprising demolition of the bungalow outside the hibernation period and incorporation of replacement roosts in the proposed roof space and walls.


  • Lodging an Appeal on First Application
  • Preparation of Design Brief for Revised Application
  • Negotiations with Lake District National Park Planning Authority
  • Planning Application and Supporting Statement for Revised Application
  • Sourcing and Co-ordination of Bat Specialist