The proposals, which won planning permission from Bedford Borough Council in 2012, will see 19th and 20th Century additions to the unlisted structure removed and replaced with a weathered-zinc and glass extension supported on stone gabions.
Minimal refurbishments are proposed to make the original 200-year-old building weather-tight and habitable. It will be connected with the new structure via a raised glass link.
The resulting family home will have a total floorspace of around 430m2.
Consultants Phillips Planning Services said the design of the building and choice of materials meant it would not appear as a strident feature within the rural landscape.
Site Plan for Nicolas Tye Architects’ North Bedfordshire House
‘Our design approach was carefully considered to preserve and repair the historic character of the site wherever possible. The extension to the dwelling is contemporary in style, creating a clear distinction between old and new, however, the scheme not only looks at what can be added but also what is taken away.
‘Seeking influence from the site’s historic use and pattern of development over time, the process sought to unveil the historic heart of the original house, which had been masked by a quantity of additions and alterations.
‘This was the original pre-19th Century estate worker’s cottage that is restored as a prominent and celebrated feature of the scheme.
‘The new additions, whilst dramatically larger in size, are set back and subservient to the cottage in materiality and positioning. The abstract influence in the scheme is key, it offers a degree of separation and definition coupled with a degree of contextualisation.
‘The main concepts behind the materiality are those of contrast and transition: Hard set against soft; light against dark; and the delicate balance that allows a comfortable transition from one to the other. The house has been passively designed to respond to the site’s environmental conditions and our clients are keen for the proposals to attain a high level of sustainability.
‘We are creating an exceptional family home that is well suited and situated within the local context, ensuring the preservation and identity of this beautiful and historic area of Bedfordshire for years to come.’
Nicolas Tye Architects’ North Bedfordshire House
Type of project: Conservation extension and refurbishment
Architect: Nicolas Tye Architects
Landscape architect: N/A
Planning consultant: Philips Planning Services
Heritage advisor: Robert Ward-Booth Conservation & Design
Structural Engineer: Constructure
Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Boom Collective
Project cost: Not disclosed
Start on site date: Spring 2015
Completion date: Spring 2016
Form of contract and/or procurement: TBC