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

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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