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ArkleBoyce draws up designs for alternative to ‘ugly’ eco-homes


Leeds and London-based ArkleBoyce Achitects has revealed plans for a low-carbon development in Calderdale, which the practice claims shows ‘eco doesn’t have to be ugly’

The 10-home project is the first for emerging developer Purehaus and is being billed as a sustainable and ‘attractive alternative to the standard residential designs of the volume housebuilders’.

The scheme, which aims to ‘create a community of like-minded families with character and a sense of place’, is earmarked for a site in Hipperholme, West Yorkshire.

Practice partner Graham Boyce said: ‘The designs attempt to show that eco doesn’t have to be ugly and compromise with that particular “eco-style code”, which can leave a bad taste in the mouth.

’The client is a pair of engaging property developers who are advocates of architecture and design and who are willing to demonstrate the value that design can offer. Their brand, Purehaus, is a refreshing approach to homes with low-carbon footprints and responsibly sourced materials, creating a healthy and considered family home.’

A future time scale for the scheme is not yet known.

Site elevation

Site elevation

Project data

Status Pre-planning
Location Hipperholme, Calderdale, West Yorkshire
Type of project Residential eco-homes
Client Purehaus
Architect ArkleBoyce Achitects
Structural engineer Topping Engineers
Gross internal floor area circa 185m² each
Total cost TBC

Arkleboyce plans

Arkleboyce plans


Readers' comments (2)

  • Nice ideas, but obviously will need developing before put on site? How will they fit together to form a terrace or semidetached? Are they distinctive, and with style if for private purchase? Can they be replicated en mass, like the suburban houses of the 1930s? A smaller footprint but 3 storeys might help? The ground floor needs work, particularly the cloakroom opening onto the seating area? Airlock to the front door? Bicycle storage? Recycling bins? Possibility of a fireplace?

    One to watch?

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  • Surely not!! New homes with pitched roofs in the Architects'Journal?
    Things are looking up.

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