Plot 2

The site is a gateway between the town’s more urban residential quarter and a band of riverside parkland. To the north is a small woodland and to the south is a busy public thoroughfare which made a private sunny garden the principal challenge facing this property.

As one of the fundamental tenets of all homes, the division of public and private must be carefully considered to ensure the comfort of the occupants.

The garden wall was devised as a dominant manifestation of this fundamental division. Inside the wall, as people are invited to enter, the house exposes its true form with its courtyards and vistas. But outside the wall, the structure is external to the envelope to allow that legibility to the public realm.

Photography by Pete Helme

Timber clad entrance to 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

Eco New Build House