Arkwright Road Garden Houses in London by Square Feet Architects Features a Prefabricated Timber Framing System.

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Project Details
  • Location: Hampstead London NW3, UK
  • Budget: £1 000 000
  • Area: 372 sqm (4000 sqft)
  • Engineer: Steve Brunswick
  • Sustainability Consultant: Paul Giesberg
  • Photography: Daniel Leon, Jeremy Coleman

Designed by Square Feet Architects, the project investigates the possibility of building new dwellings to the rear of the large two houses facing Arkwright Rd which have very deep back gardens, the rear of which is accessible by an existing lane.

The challenge was attempting to build on a 500sqm ‘backland site’ in and amongst protected trees. In these back gardens are a selection of mature cherry, hazel and oak trees – all protected and within the ‘RedFrog’ Conservation Area. After a process of engagement with the local residents, planners, tree officers and conservation team the architects attained planning permission for two new-build houses (covering 350sqm) on the rear gardens, sensitively sited harmoniously between, in and amongst the trees.

It required careful consideration and clever design to achieve the final scheme. The ensure high efficiency and sustainability, the homes were constructed using a highly engineered, highly insulated prefabricated timber framing system clad in sustainable hardwood slats and local brick to deliver quality, cost and time benefits.

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