Baydons Development

This three-house development was located on a piece of land, adjacent to a small wood, on which a national homebuilder had already gained permission for a larger number of properties. During their planning process, the land had been left fallow and had begun re-wilding. As such there was a significant challenge to design a scheme that continued that process rather than scrub it clean. Each house has a formalised front southernly garden on the area of the site with lower biodiversity. Then a wild, biodiverse rear garden on the land that was wilder and more closely associated with the wood.

The site formed a hinterland between the urban and the rural realms and as such the houses follow that change blending between the urban scale and materiality of plot 1 and the partially subterranean timber monolithic barn form of plot 3.

Kitchen Dining space at Plot 1
oriel window on timber cladding at Plot 3
Dining area in feature gable at Plot 2

Sustainable measures

Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)

Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR)

Photovoltaic panels

Natural sustainable materials and reused materials

Environmental construction policy to minimise chemical use and construction waste

Electric car charging and allocated space for future battery installation

Minimal internal structure to allow future alteration

High insulation levels (low U and Y values)

Home working space

Rain water harvesting to a large beneath ground tank

Biodiverse landscaping used

Chippenham, North Wiltshire

Small-scale Development Site