Two dwellings, Little Rissington, Gloucestershire

Category: New Builds
Location: Gloucestershire
Client: Brunel Homes
The brief: Apex were appointed by Brunel Homes in the Spring of 2021 to design two detached dwellings in a traditional and barn style set within a wildflower meadow and orchard in Little Rissington. The Developer clearly understood what would work and be supported on the site to create an exciting blend of architecture in this rural part of the county.
Key features:

The designs provided two modern family homes, with large, opening plan kitchens, dining and family rooms, and a separate formal living room, complimented by a ground floor study/home office space and utility room for all the white goods, an important design feature when considering open plan living. On the first floor, the design included four bedrooms, one master with a large en-suite and dressing room, and three further generous bedrooms, one being en-suite and with a large family bathroom.

The dwellings sit harmoniously within the village and the immediate neighbouring properties. Plot one, being of traditional scale and form, was designed to resemble a traditional cottage, while plot two has been designed to have more of a barn aesthetic. Both have all the benefits of being modern, low-energy homes.

Our role: We worked on the project up to RIBA Stage 4. Working closely with the Developer, we created architectural designs and prepared a robust package of information for the planning application, completing RIBA Stages 1-3. Then, working with the Structural Engineer and Energy Assessor, we created a detailed technical design package used during the construction phase to ensure a smooth and efficient build.

Main Contractor: Aqua Construction
Drainage Consultants: Phil Warren Ltd
Ecology: Nature Space Partnership & All Ecology
Structural Engineer: David Partridge Ltd
Energy Assessor: Complete Energy Consultancy
Topographical survey: A.D. Horner Ltd
Arboriculturist: MHP Arboricultural Consultants
Timeline: Summer 2021 – planning application November 2021 – planning approval Dec 2021 – detailed design work Early 2022 – work commenced on site with planning conditions addressed and approved Dec 2022 - Completion
Main contractor: Aqua Construction