Paul Lonergan architects have just been appointed to design a new housing development of 4 houses in a village in Essex.
The new homes vary in size from 70-100sqm, with 2 and 3 bedrooms.
The setting is the part redevelopment of a farm and requires sensitivity to adjacent homes. The rural context also requires that the site ecology is protected.
The setting also includes a number of listed buildings and our experience in leasing with the conservation officer will be a benefit to this project.
Work so far.
We have already planned the site and prepared drafts of the 2-house types to be used. We have agreed a material treatment with the client and are preparing an outline planning application to be submitted to the local authority.
Paul Lonergan, the design director, has many years experience of planning new housing developments. He recalls “My first job, when leaving university, was for a housing architect in Birmingham. I took responsibility for two new housing developments. One in Staffordshire, the other in central Birmingham; both for local housing associations, as they were then known”.
Paul has since worked with a firm in London responsible for developments ranging from a dozen or so new homes, up to developments of 500+ units. One particular scheme was commended by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
Since setting up his own practice Paul has continued his connection with housing development. “I have been able to develop relationships with two types of clients. Firstly, with builders, providing architectural services in design and build contracts, and secondly with land-owners, seeking to maximise potential of their land.’
New enquiries have been on the increase in 2017. We currently have 2 developments on site, and five in planning. Together with this new job in Essex we have signed a record number of contracts in 2017!
Do you have a project in mind.
If you have property that you are considering developing please give us a call. We provide an initial free consultation to discuss your proposal. This is often enough to establish the feasibility of a development and establish some initial parameters and costs.