Portfolio of Richard Dawson, RIBA architect based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, providing architectural services and project management.

A new greenhouse and hothouse in green belt

Location: Menston, West Yorkshire

Brief: The clients wanted to replace two horticultural greenhouses and other defective structures next to their home with a new traditional style conservatory/greenhouse with hothouse, outbuilding and store.  All this had to happen in between growing seasons to lessen any impact on the plants.  Located in green belt, the site had specific planning restrictions as the original house had several previous extensions with an enlarged ‘footprint’.  Any further work had to be very sympathetic and ‘in keeping’ and not exceed the volume of the existing structures to be demolished.

Solution:  R Dawson Architect was engaged to provide design services and project management. He liaised with the planning department, client and conservatory supplier to agree a phased demolition of the existing glasshouses, sheds and storage tank to build the new structures.  Detailed planning approval and building regulations were obtained and the project put out to tender.

The floor and walls incorporate high levels of insulation to reduce heat loss whilst retaining some thermal mass within the construction.  A zoned under floor heating system provides climate control whilst auto opening windows maintain the required ventilation.  The hothouse has energy efficient double glazing, the conservatory horticultural glass.

Built from sustainable materials the Conservatory was designed (without steps) as level access for future mobility and encloses the rear patio and garden whilst maintaining security.

A new greenhouse and hothouse on green belt land

A new greenhouse and hothouse on green belt land