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

A new greenhouse on a listed building in Micklethwaite

Location: Bingley, West Yorkshire

A completed greenhouse added to a listed building

Brief:  Concerned about the origin of food purchased from supermarkets and keen to reduce their food miles, the clients wanted to grow more of their own food at home.   As part of a garden redesign to incorporate raised planters and trees, they also wanted a greenhouse.

Solution:  R Dawson Architect was approached to assist in designing a traditional greenhouse.  The house is a Listed Building Grade II and Listed Building Consent was required.  The sunniest side of the house was selected as the location for the greenhouse.  This was a gable end and so a lean-to design was produced with an internal door linking the greenhouse to the house.

Using ‘Harleys’ as the preferred supplier, a design was produced to interpret and manufacture.  Consent was granted and R Dawson checked through the sub-contractor’s drawings.

The result is perfect for the client.  As well as looking good, being wheelbarrow accessible and having the ability to extend the growing season with a wider range of plants, it also acts as a thermal buffer with the exposed stone absorbing the warmth and keeping the end of the house much warmer.