Category: New Build

08
Oct

A new build house near Hampstead Village

New Build House | Architect for North West London | Forrester Architects

We’re looking into a new build house solution for a current client. There is already a house on the plot but it is considered by Camden Planning of no architectural merit. It will be demolished. In its place a new open plan house of approximately 3000sq/ft. Near to Hampstead Village, the house will be set within the local conservation area. Our client is keen to avoid over developing the site and the house will not be overbearing scale and massing. The street facade will present a masonry frontage to complement the traditional context. To the rear, the garden is South facing and a sustainable energy strategy will be adopted to make the most of its perfect aspect.

09
Sep

Ground source heat from an English country garden.

English Country House | Architects for South Bucks | Forrester Architects

We’re working on a new build seven bedroom English country house for a young family in South Buckinghamshire. The client has adopted a renewable energy strategy for the house, swimming pool and car garageTo the rear ground source heating, solar PV and solar thermal provision are integrated into the house design and garden. It is traditional in every detail but modern in outlook.

 

04
Dec

Early sketches for interlocking houses on a Brownfield site in North London

New-Build Houses| Architect for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

Our Harcombe house extension in Stoke Newington has been Built on a landlocked brownfield site in North London. The four interlocking house is simple brick constructions with oversized windows. The upper floors are spacious double-height living rooms with plenty of daylight and framed views of the local environment. Each of the open plan kitchens has direct access to a private external terrace, which is located between each house.

12
Jun

A new plot for three new-build houses.

Three New-Build Houses | Architect for London | North West London

forresterarchitects are preparing a feasibility study for three new-build houses to a brownfield plot of land in North West London. The result of residual land to the rear gardens of the suburban terraced house. The land will be accessed from the single access road circulating the local garden green. Three innovative house designs will make the proposition viable for the property developer.

10
Dec

A childhood retreat is to be rebuilt as a legacy for the family in Nice, France.

New Build House | Architects for Les Issambres | Nice, France

forresterarchitects are working with London based interior designer Callender Howorth on a new build house in Les Issambres, Nice, France. The new house is set in the landscape due to the rolling terrain and the changes in level across the site are dramatic. A series of interlinked pavilions are proposed and are cut into the natural fall in the landscapeThe cuts in the landscape provide routes around the house and provide natural terraced areas for sitting, eating and relaxing. The garden landscapes beyond the terraces provide a dialogue between the inside and outside of the house.
 
The land on which the house sits is long established, well located and desirable. It has been in the family for over thirty years and the house and the land could be sold in its current undeveloped state. The house in its current state is close to a state of disrepair and will be demolished. In its current state to patch and repair the house will be problematic. Only the lower ground floor capable of being retained without falling down during the refurbishment works.
 
In essence, a more cost effective route would be to demolish the house and rebuild. This will result in a larger new-build house. With improved construction, it will offer an investment for the younger generations.
 
Current property sales state that a 5 bed Villa property in the location are on the market listed in the region of £3m.  Forrester architects have designed a house to suit the family’s requirements. and provide holiday accommodation for the whole family.
 
When the house is not required it can be offered to the rental market. Currently, a 5 bed Villa will provide a rental income of circa 5000 euros per week.
05
Sep

A new garden studio for fashionable Notting Hill.

Garden Studio | Architects for Kensington & Chelsea | West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new detached garden studio to a house in Notting Hill. The concept design offers a modern architectural solution to provide extra studio accommodation within the rear garden which respects and contributes to the character of the site and its immediate environmentThe new structure is orientated to capture the south facing aspect to enhance the garden environment and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.

03
Jan

A new-build Passive house (Passivhaus) in the Norfolk Broads.

New-Build House | Architects for Broads Authority | Stalham, Norfolk

A new build house in Stalham Staithe, Norfolk Broads has been designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) principles by London based studio forresterarchitects.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park it is a particularly sensitive location to new-build developments. The local environment, with light industrial and agricultural uses, is dominated by the large expanse of water, the Barton Broads. Interspersed between the watercourses are rich and varied collections of buildings, which nestle together in the flat typography. There are attractive views in all directions. Contained within each view are the roofs of the buildings of the Broads, which act as dominant visual markers within the landscape, which aid orientation and establish a hierarchy of function to the built environment. The immediate environment is shared with a number of local red brick buildings.  The site is surrounded by a number of nineteenth century buildings, which contribute to the local character of Stalham Staithe. The Old Granary, the largest listed building within the area, is enhanced further by a number of traditional dwellings. To the North are a couple of modern detached bungalows. Beyond the Staithe Road, which skirts the perimeter of the site, are a number of residential buildings, which draw from traditional vernacular forms and materials, as expected within a conservation area.

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01
May

A design feasibility for a new-build Passive House (Passivhaus) in the Norfolk Broads.

New-Build Passive House (Passivhaus)|Architect for Broads Authority|Stalham, Norfolk

forresterarchitects have secured full planning approval for a new build house on the Norfolk Broads. The house will be designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) standards.

The Passive House (Passivhaus) concept aims to dramatically reduce the requirements for space heating and cooling whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels. The focus of the Passive House (Passivhaus) is to dramatically reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling, whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels.

This is primarily achieved by adopting a fabric first approach to the design, specifying high levels of insulation to the thermal envelope with exceptional levels of air tightness and the use of whole house mechanical ventilation. The heating requirement in a Passive House (Passivhaus) building is reduced to the point where a traditional heating system is no longer considered essential. Cooling is also minimised by the same principles and through the use of shading. Night purging and the use of natural cross-ventilation through open windows is encouraged during the summer months

 The new house will be inspired by the light industrial forms which predominate the local surrounding area. The roof forms explored and developed further to provide a modern architectural solution which draws references from these vernacular forms and materials and how they are positioned in the landscape. The accommodation brief is expressed in an informal arrangement of ‘sheds’. The ‘sheds’ in their juxtaposition aim to contribute positively to the local character of the area and the wider environment.

The new build house is almost perfectly orientated benefiting from a South facing facade. To maximise further from the early morning sunshine the house will be orientated a further 10 degrees to the East.

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16
Mar

We are listed in the international design magazine House & Garden exclusively for the London area.

House & Garden Feature | Architects for London | Forrester Architects

forresterarchitects are listed in the international design and decoration magazine House & Garden exclusively as architects in the London area. The design master class directory provides an interactive source of all the information you will need to renovate or build your own home. A number of high-profile projects by the practice across Central London have brought our work to the attention of this definitive guide to stylish living.

01
Jan

A Gambrel and Peg roof is the key feature to a Grade II cottage refurbishment in West Mersea.

Grade II Listed Cottage & Conservation Refurbishment with New-Build Extension | Architects for Colchester | West Mersea

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for the refurbishment of a Grade II listed cottage in West Mersea, Colchester.  The C17/18 Gambrel and Peg tile roof with v-section wooden eaves trough on wooden brackets are listed as key features. As part of the design brief, the cottage is to be returned to its original condition. Inspired by the simple forms and materials of the local boat sheds. A modern architectural solution draws from the vernacular and in turn respects its immediate environment. The design proposal provides a new dining area and kitchen with extra bedroom accommodation when the clients have guests. The new additions are orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the defined garden spaces.

01
Mar

Four new build houses realise the full potential of an inner city brownfield site.

New Build Houses | Architecture for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

forresterarchitects have completed four new build houses in Stoke Newington, North London. Four innovative interlocking townhouses form the perimeter boundary to a centralised courtyard development. The site is a tight urban brown field site. Traditional construction techniques are used to compliment a palette modern materials to achieve highly insulated construction values.
 
The site was tight and the context varied dramatically to each side of the site. The new-build development offers a unique and positive contribution to the urban environment. Each house type offers an unconventional layout due to the site constraints.
 
The exterior of the four interlocking house are simple brick constructions. The upper floors are spacious double-height living rooms with plenty of daylight and framed views of the local environment. Each of the open plan kitchens has direct access to a private external terrace, which is located between each house. Bespoke Italian kitchens provide a focus for open plan living. A spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine gallery level, which overlooks the main living space.
 
All bedroom accommodation is located on the ground floor. Each bedroom is provided with modest courtyards, which provide each room with their own outside space. Each bedroom has a full tiled private bathroom or shower-room complete with sleek, modern fittings.
 
The courtyard provides car parking for each resident and is expressed as a simple white band of render to each block.

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16
Jan

A new-build infill development in Clapham.

Infill Development | Architects for Lambeth | Clapham, South West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new build infill house in Clapham, South London. As an unremarkable bookend property, there is an opportunity to provide a new two-storey infill development. The pressure to build houses in London has resulted in the search for more obscure plots of land with potential to be developed. The infill development offers the client the opportunity to take advantage of residual or inefficient land use.
 
The infill house development is arranged with the living accommodation on the upper floors. The bedrooms are located on the ground floor which provides an unconventional house arrangement. The upper floor rooms benefit from a double height lounge which provides a bright and airy room with a fine south facing aspect. The ground floor provides two double bedrooms with a ground floor accessible WC. For a new house development, current planning policy has strict requirements for adequate garden space. As with any tight infill urban plot amenity space is provided in the form of a terraced garden which is accessed from the lounge space to the rear.
14
Aug

A new build Penthouse development in Crouch End.

New Build Penthouse | Architects for Haringey | Crouch End, North London

forresterarchitects have completed a design feasibility study for a penthouse development in Crouch End, North London. An unremarkable building has an enviable vantage point with fantastic views across London from its empty flat roof. The brief required a self-contained one bedroom flat to occupy the under utilised roof space. An organic form was developed for a prefabricated pod which would be placed on the roof. The exterior form informed the internal layout and the furniture. A series of exposed trusses provide the structural support with full height frameless glazed units.

01
Jul

A modern new build house in the Hampstead Conservation Area.

New Build Development | Architects for Hampstead | Hampstead Conservation Area, North West London

forresterarchitects have been working in collaboration with another architect have secured planning permission for a new build house in the heart of Hampstead, North West London.
 
The work involves the demolition of the existing house 1930’s chauffeur’s house. It will be replaced by a new build house of uncompromising modernity. The house provides a large open plan floor plate to the ground floor which overlooks the well maintained landscaped garden. A key design feature of the double height lounge space is a 6m high library. A new art gallery forms part of the principal circulation route through the house. This allows guests to view the art work as they walk through the house. The processional stair is held between the bedrooms to one side and the gallery to the other.
 
Each bedroom is located on the front or the rear of the house and keep primary views overlooking the gardens. The house will incorporate a number of sustainable strategies including solar thermal panels, air-borne heat recovery and rainwater harvesting.