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Derwent Valley Villa, Belper, Derbyshire

Blee Halligan's new-build family house offers a frame for living that is full of variety, delighting its young family who have been named RIBA East Midlands Client of the Year

Derwent Valley Villa.
Derwent Valley Villa. Credit: Henry Woide

East Midlands RIBA Regional Award 2022

Blee Halligan for private client
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 407m2

The design of this new-build family house has risen to the opportunities of the immediate landscape in a relaxed and assured manner, offering a frame for living that is full of variety.

The house has been deliberately pulled apart, pinning the entry court and guest wing in the south-east corner, while pushing the main living spaces to the north-west. In doing so the plan is orchestrated as a series of axial routes that always end in framed views of the landscape beyond.

This includes a promenade from entry all the way to a spectacular willow seen beyond the main living room, passing through garden courts on either side of the glazed link that separates the wings. 

It is a house full of circuits, with options that clearly delight the young family. 

  • Derwent Valley Villa.
    Derwent Valley Villa. Credit: Henry Woide
  • Derwent Valley Villa.
    Derwent Valley Villa. Credit: Henry Woide
  • Derwent Valley Villa.
    Derwent Valley Villa. Credit: Henry Woide
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RIBA East Midlands Award 2022
RIBA East Midlands Client of the Year 2022

See the rest of the East Midlands winners here
And all the RIBA Regional Awards here

 

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