Brook Cottage is a currently derelict property located on a 3,277sqm / 0.8 acre semi-rural site lying in a small stretch of Green Belt land between the towns of Lytham and Warton on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire.
The site is linear in form, stretching from the busy A584 road which connects Lytham and Warton to the edge of the River Ribble Estuary.
The site is predominantly a combination of grassland and trees and is surrounded by open farmland and the estuary to three sides. There are also a combination of commercial, residential and agricultural buildings and developments of varying scales in the immediate vicinity. The domestic curtilage on the site currently contains a small derelict cottage and ground floor extension, associated domestic outbuildings, a landscaped garden, a hardcore access road and areas of hardstanding.
The existing cottage and extension are very small and dilapidated, providing only 93sqm of accommodation over one and a half storeys. The building has very little architectural merit and its condition and small proportions make it unsuitable as a modern home. The single storey outbuildings are comparatively quite large but are also in very poor condition and are in varying states of collapse.
Project Type: Commission
Client(s): Mr R Thornton
Size: 250 sqm
Location: Warton, Lancashire, UK
Year: June 2016
The proposal for the site is to demolish the existing dilapidated cottage and outbuildings and replace them with a contemporary home.
The current outbuildings are dispersed across the cottage’s domestic curtilage and the proposal now reinterprets this by positioning the proposed new dwelling, single garage and workshop buildings in a cluster, reminiscent of a small agricultural farmyard.
The new dwelling will provide accommodation for three bedrooms on the ground floor with the main living accommodation being located on the first floor to maximise views over the estuary and surrounding areas.
The outbuilding workshop will provide the space required by the client for his various interests and hobbies, as well as to store the machinery required to maintain the land associated with the dwelling. There will also be a single garage of a suitable size to accommodate a large family car or SUV.
The new dwelling is deliberately quite modest in scale which is reflected in the small 27% increase in the ground floor footprint over the existing very small cottage. This percentage increase in ground floor footprint is comfortably within the guidelines set out by the new Fylde Local Plan to 2032 Policy H7.
The new property is intended to reflect the site’s semi-rural context, whilst providing a well designed bespoke contemporary family home.
The design incorporates a combination of timber, brickwork and Zinc materials that are a contemporary reference to the site’s agricultural surroundings, location adjacent to the estuary and local building vernacular. These materials are used to split the building vertically to help to reduce the building’s scale. The ground floor will be built from masonry cavity walls to ground the building, whilst in contrast the first floor will be formed from a Zinc clad highly insulated lightweight timber structure to provide an extremely air tight and sustainable living space.
From the front approach the predominant cladding materials are brickwork and standing seam Zinc to provide shelter and privacy to the North and East elevations. The South and West elevations then open-up to reveal a combination of glazing, timber cladding and outdoor areas to maximise views and take advantage of the property’s unique location.