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Bundish Hall

Proposed replacement barns

Bundish Hall comprises of a new residential development in the heart of the Essex Countryside where 4 new dwellings are to replace 2 large modern farm buildings. The farm buildings were granted consent for conversion under Class Q permitted development rights where the design limitations under this process resulted in a scheme which we felt would be harmful to the countryside and Green Belt location. Our approach to the redesign was a scheme of 4 simple buildings which would reflect the traditional Essex Vernacular, yet be understood as modern buildings.

The use of simple building forms, a mute material palette and minimal openings results in a subtle contemporary built form which sits honestly in its countryside setting. The landscaping around the buildings has been designed to allow the buildings and gardens to transition into the surrounding agricultural land seamlessly to prevent a harsh visual barrier between the dwelling and the countryside. Privacy is provided between the dwellings with agricultural style walls and security provided to the gardens and site boundaries with ditches, doubling up as attenuation for surface water.

Internally, the buildings provide modern open plan living spaces where the fenestration is carefully positioned to allow views through to the surrounding landscape from selected positions in the building. A sense of place is apparent throughout the accommodation where the buildings are able to function as modern private family homes while sitting effortlessly in the landscape.


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