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Words:
Ruth Slavid

Winner: Private Award

 

The client wanted a replacement house that was open, light and contemporary, using high quality traditional materials. Sanei Hopkins’ design follows one of the original gently curving contours of the meadow site, rather like a dry stone wall.

Although the Peak District National Park Authority required the use of stone as the dominant external material, the architect wanted to use timber as much as possible ­because of its sustainability credentials and in order to create a beautiful and natural-­looking home. 

 

 

 

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The structure is mainly timber frame with the stone used only as a rain screen and cladding. A local contractor, Constructional Timber, manufactured and erected the superstructure which consists of: laminated solid white wood posts, infill walls and rafters; laminated flitched beams supporting the first floor; flitched feature trusses supporting the roof over the swimming pool and master bedroom with stainless steel ties and rod fixings; trussed rafters in other areas.

Designed to maximize carbon storage while minimising carbon emissions and energy consumption, the house uses both local and renewable materials as much as possible.

The judges said, ‘The workmanship displayed is quite exceptional. The project is extremely ambitious and has been realised very successfully. It has been delivered with conviction.’ 


Location: Peak District

Architect: Sanei Hopkins Architects 

Structural engineer: Elliott Wood Partnership 

Quantity surveyor: MPA 

Services engineer: Max Fordham 

Timber frame specialist: Constructional Timber

Timber flooring: Admonter UK

Timber stair: Boss Stair

Timber doors: Longden Doors

Wood species: American white oak, European oak


 

Highly commended

Woodpeckers

 

Location New Forest

Architect Ström Architects

Structural engineer Barton Engineers

Main contractor/builder Rice Projects

Joinery company Industree

Cost consultant APS Associates

Sustainability consultant Eb7

Wood supplier East Brothers

Wood Species European larch, Siberian larch, softwood


 

Shortlisted

Shortlisted: Ansty Plum
Shortlisted: Ansty Plum Credit: Location Wiltshire Architect: Coppin Dockray

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