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Niall Jacobson submits plans for live-work scheme in rural Devon

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Dorset-based Niall Jacobson Architect has revealed plans for this 2,500m² live-work scheme on the site of an abattoir in the Devon countryside

The proposed development outside Newton Abbot at Milber Down Camp - a Scheduled Monument site which includes an ancient hill fort - will feature 20 new units.

The architect, who worked for Malcolm Fraser before setting up his own practice in 2011, said the homes would feature ‘integral’ ground floor workshops ranging in size from 25m² to 30m².

Plans were submitted to Teignbridge Council last month.

The architect’s view

‘While there are examples of live-work in towns there are not many in rural areas, beyond conversion of existing buildings. 

‘The intention is the site is developed in the manner of traditional working estates - of which there are examples nearby - being a formal version of the surrounding agrarian landscape.

‘The result is a contemporary steading set amid courts and working gardens, new trees and hedgerows - all of which the residents have a stake in and manage. A central courtyard is the heart of the scheme and is addressed by a tower house that contains a new community hall. Cars are restricted to an entrance court. A walled garden and terrace orchard form a set of external spaces on the western boundary that mediates the scheme to the hill fort across the neighbouring field.

‘Workshops are integral to the houses - set at ground floor and opening directly onto the courtyard to ensure that the work aspect of the scheme is embedded into the day to day experience of living there. The workshops are simple rectangular spaces the full depth of the houses and are generous enough to offer some flexibility in how they are occupied.’

Niall Jacobson Architect's proposal for Milber, Newton Abbot, Devon

Niall Jacobson Architect’s proposal for Milber, Newton Abbot, Devon

Project data

Architects: Niall Jacobson Architect
Location: Milber, Newton Abbot, Devon
Type Of Project: residential/ type b industrial (Live-work)
Structural Engineers: not available
Project Architect: Niall Jacobson
Design Team: Smiths Gore Planning Consultant (Team Leader), Niall Jacobson Architect, Aileen Shackell Landscape Architects, Fabric Building Physics, Ecus Archaeological Consultants
Client: Milber Developments
Funding: not available
Contract duration: not available
Gross internal floor area: 2,500m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: not available
M&e consultant: not available
Quantity surveyor: not available
Planning supervisor: Smiths Gore
Main contractor: not available
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: not available
Annual co2 emissions: not available

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  • Brilliant idea - Live Work goes Rural AND with the added benefit of working gardens, not just a pretty view. Viva la Revolution.

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