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.
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
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