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Replacement dwelling- Stoneycross, Hampshire

The replacement dwelling from PAD Studio is set within an 18.5 acre plot, located adjacent to ancient woodland and heath, within the New Forest National Park.

The massing, form and orientation of the new building has been carefully conceived in order that the proposals minimise the impact on the site and its surroundings. The main dwelling and annexe building both have low rise green roofs. The buildings are orientated to maximise solar gain – open to the south and closed to the north and utilise ground source heat pump technology and a log boiler for heating and hot water requirements.

The earth that is excavated to form the new basement and pool area has been re-used in the earth berming, which helps to insulate the building, provide a visual screen to the north and to reduce the sound impact of the nearby dual carriageway.

The proposals also incorporate rain water harvesting, grey water recycling and a natural swimming pond to further increase biodiversity within the site. The materials used throughout are sustainable, durable and in harmony with the site and its surroundings. The proposed timber cladding to the main dwelling will weather naturally, harmonising the building within its setting.

The architectural objective has been to develop a building whose form, scale, materials and detail reinforces the character, distinctiveness and history of the site; both locally and within the wider context of the New Forest.

The project won ‘Best Residential Project in the UK’ in the Daily Telegraph Awards 2011 and was runner-up in the Grand Designs Awards 2011.

PAD Studio always seek to imbue their work with additional meaning and richness and believe that the places in which you live, work, play and grow can be beautiful, unique and sustainable.

They work in an open plan studio which ensures a creative buzz and have a separate meeting space for clients who prefer quieter environment.

PAD Studio believe that quality and value contemporary architecture can be delivered even at the smallest scale. They work closely with their clients to establish strong relationships, delivering to the client crafted and joyful buildings that surpass expectations and are unique to each client and their site.

Over the last six years they have established a great track record with various planning authorities and have gained a reputation for gaining planning permissions in challenging situations. PAD Studio believe in dialogue and investing in the planning process to guarantee success. The quality of their design work has been acknowledged by planners and appeal officers in various different local authorities.