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John Pardey designs home on stilts for flood-prone plot

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John Pardey Architects is set to go out to tender on this 222m² home north of Worcester, which will be built on stilts to protect it from flooding

The scheme on the banks of the River Severn, close to the Bevere weir, will replace a derelict two-storey early-19th-century cottage which last flooded in January 2014.

The three-bedroom house has been designed with ‘two distinct elements’: a two-storey cube containing bedrooms and a study; and a single-storey wing containing living spaces with balconies on two sides to provide space for outdoor living even when the site is flooded.

The two blocks, to be clad in sweet chestnut boarding, are linked by a dark metal-clad entrance hall.

According to the Lymington-based practice, the interior of the house will have an ‘exposed brick chimney and raftered ceilings which combine with clean lines to add a human touch’.

A spokesperson said: ‘The house has been designed while the clients live and work in Hong Kong, so design development was through evolving SketchUp modelling, shared with the clients, to arrive at the final design without meeting face to face.’

The scheme features an air source heat pump, a 10kW wood burner and a 9.9kWp photovoltaic installation.

Work is expected to start on site in November and complete in late 2019.

Ridley house elevation

Ridley house elevation

Project data

Location Bevere, Worcestershire
Type of project one-off house
Client Tim and Rachel Ridley
Architect John Pardey Architects (Chris Terry, project architect)
Landscape architect BD Landscape
Structural engineer Momentum
Quantity surveyor Paul Daniels
Landscape architect BD Landscape Architects
Ecology Elizabeth McKay
Hydrologist Geosmart
Arboriculturalist Adrian Hope Tree Services
Main contractor To be confirmed
Funding Private
Tender date September 2018
Start on site date November 2018
Completion date December 2019
Contract duration 13 months
Gross internal floor area; 222m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Anticipate negotiated contract
Total cost To be confirmed

Ridley house floor plans

Ridley house floor plans

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