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Work begins on Henley Halebrown Rorrison's brick belter in Barnes

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Construction is set to begin on this four-bedroom house in Barnes, south west London, by Henley Halebrown Rorrison

The low-rise home will be built in brick with a shallow-pitch copper roof.


The architect’s view

The London suburb of Barnes, once a village, was originally settled near an old ferry crossing on the south bank of the Thames. Today, the immediate neighbourhood, a cluster of buildings around the church of St.Mary’s Barnes, still has the feel of an historic settlement.

Our site is a walled garden. From the south, the house appears to be just single storey. The shallow pitch of the copper roof extends out to form a low eave over a Douglas fir screen. This incorporates both the front and kitchen doors. From the street a gate formed in the garden wall opens onto a small brickyard. From here a path leads down to the front door which opens into a hall with a short but wide flight of steps down to the living room revealing a view of the rear sunken courtyard and a longer but narrower flight rising to the bedrooms.


The hall, along with the kitchen, dining room and library, form an enfilade of rooms at the same level as the front garden. Also, from the hall, in front of the library, steps lead down to a small sunken living room under a cat slide roof. Behind this first enfilade, there is a second: the breakfast room, another living room and spare room which all open onto the rear courtyard. Upstairs there are three further bedrooms.

The various changes in level allow glimpses between spaces and beyond into the gardens. Also the split levels give the impression of a shallower plan form, in part because a linear rooflight allows light to penetrate deep into the spaces at the step in the section.

The house fuses two traditions or types: one, the Arts & Crafts and Scandinavian Modernism; the other of an urbane courtyard house. The variety of spaces created outside the house, the flower and kitchen gardens, lawns, an orchard & various patios, all enrich the internal spaces of the house.

The scheme will be constructed in brick which is to be exposed both inside and outside and laid in flush pointed Monk’s bond like the brickwork of the medieval church nearby.

Project data

Architects: Henley Halebrown Rorrison
Location: South West London                                               
Type Of Project: Private Housing
Structural Engineers: Rodrigues Associates
Project Architect: Alex Flockhart
Client: Empire Design
Funding: Private
Tender date: August 2012
Start on site date: October 2012
Contract duration: 10 months
Gross internal floor area: 440m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Private with Quantities
Total cost: tbc 
M&E consultant: AJ Energy
Quantity surveyor: PT Projects
Building Control: MLM Building Control
CDM Coordinator: n/a
Transport Consultant: Peter Brett Associates
Planning Consultant: Dalton Warner Davies
Flood Risk Consultant: Peter Brett Associates
Landscape Designer: Mike Bayon Design
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: tbc
Annual co2 emissions: 4,898 kgCO2/yr

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