Our team were asked to find an opportunity in which our clients could live on the site in which they work and care for their alpacas.

The design would need to be future proofed to allow the clients to live on site into their later years and keen for the design to have minimal changes in level.

The client wanted spaces which take advantage of the views over the countryside and spaces which could be enjoyed at different times of the year with the changing angles of the sun

As well as hosting large gatherings the house requires 1 master bedroom, 2 bedrooms, games room and large utility with dog washing facilities.

The RA

Our planning consultant highlighted an opportunity for our client to develop a single dwelling on the client’s land which is defined as being located in the open countryside via Paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Amongst many criteria the overriding theme of the policy is planning permission for the site will be granted providing the design is ‘exceptional’ following approval from an external design review panel.

The design follows a strong design concept to embed itself within the existing tree line, providing a vast improvement on the existing ecology whilst being sympathetic to its surrounding in the conservation area of Offchurch.

The challenge with a large dwelling on a single floor is to remove the necessity for long corridors between spaces. This was achieved by pulling the entrance into the centre of the accommodation and opening circulation spaces into an open plan design which wraps around courtyards and external spaces.


Offchurch, Leamington Spa

Rickett Architects always manage to deliver an innovative yet highly commercial and workable solution to a development site... their schemes stand out from the rest.

Charles Robinson Director, 1221 Planning Services Ltd Warwick

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