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Lake House, Ghyllheugh, Rothbury, United Kingdom

Thursday 20 Nov 2008

Ground breaking attempt at 'outstanding' architecture

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14/12/08 Boschi, Pisa
very beautiful
Antonello Boschi
University of Pisa
12/12/08 Boschi, Pisa
Very beautiful
Antonello Boschi
University of Pisa

Reid Jubb Brown aim to reach certification of the highest standards 

Following three years of pain staking preparation, architects Reid Jubb Brown has today released details of a ground breaking new country house, planned at Ghyllheugh near Rothbury, Northumberland and believed to be the first PPS7 planning application in the North East of England.

An application for the pioneering new residential building has been submitted to Alnwick District Council and CABE, the Government’s advisors on architecture and the built environment, has been consulted on the proposal and its comments will be conveyed to the district planning authority.

PPS7 is a special application, which encourages the exceptional, innovative, quality design of residential properties in rural areas. Kevin Brown, the architect responsible for ‘Lake House’, as the property has come to be known, said: “This has been one of the most exciting and challenging commissions of my career. The brief from the client demanded an innovative new home incorporating the very latest in new, sustainable technologies and a design that is both bold and exciting, yet functional and liveable.

“Lake House will represent globally the best the North East has to offer in terms of creativity, innovation and technology.

“It has been designed in the region, will be built using the very latest techniques by craftsmen from the area, and will use materials which, wherever possible, will be provided by the Ghyllheugh estate itself and other local sources.”

The basic structure of Lake House is a strong, sculpted shell made from green oak, forming waves and curves. Part of the roof will be clad in overlapping lengths of oak from the Ghyllheugh Estate and part will be covered in sedum.

Tony Woodcock, director of Tony Woodcock Planning Consultants, who coordinated the project, added: “In order to obtain planning consent under what is known as PPS7, we have to meet the Government’s extremely demanding requirements for new country houses.

“Government has so far been disappointed at the response to this innovative planning initiative which requires that the design under PPS7 ‘should be truly outstanding and groundbreaking, for example, in its use of materials, methods of construction or its contribution to protecting and enhancing the environment, so helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas.’

“We have taken enormous care researching the ecology and the landscape history of the Ghyllheugh Estate, enlisting the help of specialists in these fields to ensure the new house not only meets, but exceeds, the Government’s requirements.”

Other consultants working on the project include structural engineers Buro Happold, landscape architect Colin Jubb of Reid Jubb Brown, landscape historian Nick Owen, ecologist Jane Young and woodland management specialist Andrew Hampton.

A decision on the planning application is expected within the next two months.

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