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

New horticultural hothouse and garage in a conservation area

Location: Baildon, West Yorkshire

New horticultural hothouse and garage

Brief:  A keen horticulturalist, the client wanted a new greenhouse to compliment his garden and a replacement garage.  The site occupies a prominent position on Brook Hill in Baildon and the cottage is part of a row of stone terraced cottages which are Grade II Listed Buildings.  It has Tree Preservation Orders (TPO’s) and is adjacent to Baildon Conservation Area.

Solution:  R Dawson Architect provided a full service for Householder Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent through to completion.

This is a sensitive small site which has protected trees and specimen plants, steep slopes and is adjacent to a public right of way.  A topographical survey was arranged for the whole site to plot accurately all features and levels, demonstrating to the planning department that the client was serious about the proposals.

R Dawson Architect produced a traditional pitched greenhouse design using the existing double garage concrete floor and coordinated the new masonry walls with the preferred greenhouse supplier, Hartley’s, who manufactured, delivered and erected the structure.  The greenhouse uses the best orientation for sunlight whilst the internal block work and natural stone walls help to retain heat.

The replacement garage with a full height pitched roof was designed adjacent to the greenhouse with matching stone walls and roof slates.  R Dawson architect worked with a structural engineer who designed “mini pile” foundations to the garage to ensure minimal disruption to the protected tree roots, agreed with the Trees section at Bradford Metropolitan District Council.  To make the most of the steep slopes, storage was created underneath the garage which maximised the use of levels.