Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We use cookies to personalise your experience; learn more in our Privacy and Cookie Policy. You can opt out of some cookies by adjusting your browser settings; see the cookie policy for details. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies.

Gasworks by Chris Dyson Architects

  • Comment

Chris Dyson has transformed a redundant Gas Works in Gloucestershire into an eco-friendly home


The Gasworks was a redundant stone structure built in 1877 as a private acetylene gas works to provide gas for lighting to the large house at the centre of the nearby estate. The brief was to refurbish the existing building and add an additional converted extension for accommodation.

The design had to be aware of the demands of the location in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty in rural Gloucestershire, topography, and environmental issues around soil contamination. The approach was to create a new element which respected the industrial history and nature of the site, a building that sits well in its environment and maximises the views out into the surrounding woodland.

In centering the new building around an existing buried circular pit, we created a courtyard ambulatory, glazed into the private courtyard and serving the radiating bedrooms. The connection to the existing building was kept to a small door-sized opening with a linking corridor, tapered as it grows into the main circulation space.

The choice of sustainably sourced building materials reflects the client’s requirements. The building is clad in Cor-Ten steel on a sustainably sourced timber frame. Steel is one of the most recycled building materials available and retains an extremely high overall recycling rate. In 2012 this stood at 88 per cent worldwide.

The insulation to both the walls and roof is taken to a higher level than is required under building regulations and is made up of Warmcell Insulation. This product is manufactured from recycled waste paper, which is converted to a green, eco-friendly high-performance insulation.

  • Chris Dyson, principal, Chris Dyson Architects

Gasworks by Chris Dyson Architects

Gasworks by Chris Dyson Architects

Ground floor plan

Project data

Start on site August 2013
Completion December 2014
Gross internal floor area  188m2
Form of contract JCT Minor Works
Construction cost £400,000
Construction cost per m2 £ 2,127
Architect Chris Dyson Architects
Client Jonathan Evans and Rachel Holmes 
Structural engineer Richard Strauss Associates

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.