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House at Piper’s End, Hertfordshire, by Niall McLaughlin Architects

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This replacement for an old farmhouse by Niall McLaughlin is among the five finalists for this year’s (2009) Manser Medal, sponsored by The Rooflight Company

Client: Private
Contract value: Under £650,000
Contractor: Claremont Construction
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Services Engineer: XC02
Quantity surveyor: Jimmi Bradbury
Date of completion: December 2007
Gross internal area: 220m2

Judges’ comments: This ‘very fine and very beautiful’ home replaced a crumbling farmhouse. Together with the landscaping, it was conceived as five complementary ribbons: a thicket of silver birch, a timber cabinet, a timber-framed vitrine, a loggia of white steel columns and a concrete-framed pool. The jury concluded: ‘An impressive level of rigour and thinking has gone into this successful project. It clearly addresses both the front and back aspects of the site and its orientation. The shading provides a very strong architectural feature. This a very fine house within tight budget constraint.’

To see all the schemes shortlisted for the Manser Medal click here


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  • The article states: "This [is] a very fine house within tight budget constraint"

    A budget of "under £650,000" for a 220sqm house is not exactly "tight" - I'd say "generous" at nearly £3,000 per sqm !!!

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