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John Pardey reveals house on stilts for flood plain

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John Pardey Architects has revealed plans for a £1.1 million house on stilts for a flood plain in Berkshire

The site for the proposed home is on the banks of the river Loddon, a tributary of the Thames near Wargrave, within a flood zone with a potential flood depth of 1.17m. The stilts will raise the property 2.2m above the ground.

Construction of the off-white timber-clad-house will involve the demolition of an existing property.

John Pardey said: ‘There is a house there now and although it was built for flooding, it was not built high enough.’

He added that, ‘without doubt’ the UK would see increasing numbers of houses on stilts for people who live in flood plains. And he said of his design: ‘I wanted it to be very, very simple but very layered and very abstract as well.’

Pardey said the design would improving sightlines as, thanks to the stilts, people will be able to look through under the house to the river. ‘Le Corbusier lives,’ he commented.

The architect suggests that the home ‘floats’ across the site in a similar way to a barge. A glass link connects the main entrance to the three-bedroom house, which is approached by an open-tread staircase, to a freestanding pavilion providing a ‘granny flat’. This accommodation will also be accessed by a ground-floor lift.

There is an open courtyard at the centre of the house. A grey linear brick chimney, anchoring the house to the site, serves a barbecue at ground and first-floor levels, and a wood-burning stove in the living room.

Other features include a glass balustrade balcony and a photovoltaic array hidden behind parapet walls on the flat roof.

John Pardey Architects has submitted an application for planning and hopes to complete the scheme next year.

If approved, the house will be the third by the practice along the same stretch of river.

The practice rebuilt and extended neighbouring property Cherry Eyot, also known as the Attwood House, in 2005. It won Grand Designs’ award for the best remodelled house in Britain the following year.

In 2009, John Pardey Architects completed The Moorings, also known as the Hind House, which won an RIBA Award.

Project data

Location Wargrave, Berkshire
Type of project Residential
Clients Tony and Charlotte Narula
Architect John Pardey Architects
Structural engineer Momentum
M&E consultant BBH Energy Strategies
Quantity surveyor APS Associates
Funding Private
Proposed completion date 2017
Gross internal floor area 413m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Self-build
Total cost £1.1 million

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