Manchester-based practice Ollier Smurthwaite has lodged plans for five off-grid, flood-proof homes in a valley east of Oldham
The 1,335m² scheme will be built next to the River Tame between the villages of Uppermill and Dobcross and raised above the flood plain on stilts (see sections attached).
According to the architect, the five-bedroom detached homes are split into two volumes: ‘The taller, more dominant, stone-clad element responds to the local historic architectural context and faces the street’ with the cedar-clad rear elevation ‘expressing the eco-credentials of the design while also responding to the woodland and river setting.’
The super-insulated houses have been designed to Passivhaus standards with solar panels and ground source heat pump so they can be self-sufficient and off-grid.
A spokesperson for the studio said: ‘[The eco-credentials] align with Oldham Council’s strategy to become the greenest borough in Greater Manchester. The intention is that the development should have minimal impact on the natural flora and fauna and will leave it as undisturbed as possible.
‘Rather than surrounding the houses with conventional fencing and planting, the natural materials of the houses sit in the natural landscape. Semi-private outdoor amenity space is provided by a deck or jetty above the unspoiled site.’
Subject to approval, work is expected to start on site this July and take a year to complete.
Section ollier smurthwaite
Location Ladcastle Road, Dobcross, Saddleworth, Oldham
Local authority Oldham Council
Type of project New-build residential
Architect Ollier Smurthwaite Architects
Landscape architect To be confirmed
Planning consultant Paul Butler Associates
Highways consultant Curtins
Ecology consultant REC & Rachel Hacking
Flood Risk consultant Ambiental
Structural engineer To be confirmed
M&E consultant To be confirmed
Quantity surveyor To be confirmed
CDM adviser To be confirmed
Lighting consultant To be confirmed
Main contractor To be confirmed
Funding To be confirmed
Tender date May 2020
Start on site date July 2020
Completion date July 2021
Contract duration 12 months
Gross internal floor area 1,335m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional
Annual CO2 emissions 7.8kg/m2 per dwelling
Total cost To be confirmed
Site plan ollier smurthwaite