Contour House, Baslow, Derbyshire
Design of garden and external works to accompany a planning application for a new and contemporary house within the Peak District National Park. Plot in a sensitive location, being over looked to the north by Baslow Ridge and to the south on an axis with Chatsworth House. Removal of the existing, dated and unsympathetic 1960s bungalow and the associated ornamental conifers and other cluttering and urbanising features resulted in a planning gain, helping to achieve support of the National Park authority and secure consent for the scheme.
The design for the new house took its cue from traditional building forms and materials in the surrounding landscape, and this theme was reflected in the garden, which made use of native species and created an area of birch and heather habitat, a wildflower meadow, an orchard, and a nut walk underplanted with bulbs.
RIBA East Midlands Award winner 2016