John Pardey Architects has submitted plans for this house on the banks of the River Loddon in Wargrave, Berkshire. The 240m 2 home will replace a 1970s house and is to be built on columns to counter the threat of floodwater, which can rise up to 1m above normal river levels. Divided into three zones housing separate bedroom, guestroom and living areas, the £450,000 steel-framed building will boast a 'suspended James Bond-like metal fireplace' and a concealed study. The central, cedar-clad living block will open, through a full-height glazed wall, onto a balcony overlooking the river, while a dark-zincclad wing will accommodate the guest suite and gym. The clients decided to approach Pardey after they spotted the practice's Attwood house, which is just 200m along the river (AJ 17.11.05). Construction is due to start in July, if planning goes smoothly, and should be completed in March next year.