We carried out the build of Fairway & Combe Hill Houses for Hamilton Properties in partnership with Glenmore Residential. The houses are located on the edge of Nuffield, a small village north of Henley-on-Thames. Each house is circa 3,200 sqft over three floors with detached garages and ensuited studios to both.
The houses are a stunning addition to the village of Nuffield. Purple Architects designed the large family homes in conjunction with Hamilton Properties, working hard to maximise the potential of the available space and imposed restrictions on the site. The country, farmhouse external designs suit the area perfectly. The large open plan living space and contemporary interior design have created very appealing homes suitable for a wide range of purchasers.
As an alternative to gas, the heating and hot water to the houses were designed to be powered using renewable energy. The air source heat pumps (ASHPs) installed are currently the most efficient on the market, using approximately a third of the energy required by a standard boiler to supply the same level of energy. Consideration was made during the installation to ensure the ASHP systems work seamlessly, providing the home owner with a comfortable, heated home for a fraction of the running costs of a gas system.
The two existing houses were demolished to allow for the scheme to be built. Beginning the project towards the end of 2017 resulted in a build of the superstructure during the colder months, early 2018. As the year progressed the program picked up momentum with the project completing for an open day in the autumn of 2018.
A condition imposed upon the project within the planning approval stipulated that the Ridgeway footpath running through the building site had to be maintained throughout the construction phase of the project. This created a significant hazard to the public which had to be managed with great care and sensitivity. No accidents occurred as a result of this condition due to the diligence of the site team and the ramblers, runners and cyclists using the Ridgeway.
The existing gardens taken on from the previous owners of the properties were in a good condition upon commencement of the project. The landscaping was maintained throughout the build which resulted in mature boundaries and well established gardens for the open day without a significant additional expense to create a scheme such as this.