Picket Mead Residences awarded Planning Approval 2012 Swansea and Cardiff-based practice Hyde + Hyde Architects announce planning approval has been obtained for four contemporary homes within a conservation area in South Wales. The scheme is proposed within the enclosed grounds of the historically individual and ecclesiastical Picket Mead mansion in Newton, Mumbles.
Award winning architects Hyde + Hyde have attempted to provide a contemporary and contextual response to a unique and varied site. “The carefully considered language of the proposed homes has been inspired by practice research into local vernacular typologies found within the conservation area and the wider rural landscape beyond” says practice Director Kristian Hyde.
Two distinct atmospheres of the proposed site generate a unique response: The first two homes to the West become introverted courtyards providing a secluded private inner realm. While the open aspect of the remaining two homes generate a linear series of confident architectural forms, responding to the history and physical remnants of the 'kitchen garden’ grid of the main mansion. The bold position of these two houses allows for distant views to the Bristol Channel beyond.
The warm material palette at ground floor is predominantly locally sourced Limestone integrating with existing old walls combined with Larch cladding. Low profile mono-pitch roofs were introduced to the first floor volumes, reminiscent of the subservient language of agricultural outbuildings; create a dynamic yet sympathetic response to the existing house allowing the buildings to converse with history.
The project was positively received by the Design Commission for Wales (DCFW) and will achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes rating of 4.
Editors note, the following are quotes are taken from the appeal inspectors report; “the individual dwellings would relate well to each other and the overall composition would be harmonious, well proportioned and well balanced”.
“The contemporary design approach would avoid the proposed buildings competing with the historic character of Picket Mead House and would reflect current social patterns, environmental concerns, and modern materials and construction techniques”.
“I conclude for these reasons that the proposed development would preserve the character and appearance of the conservation area”.
Hyde + Hyde quotes; “We welcome the case officers positive comments and hope that this will set a clear precedent for careful and considered modern development within local Conservation Areas.
The proposal proves that a considered contemporary language is able to compliment rather than compete with older buildings. Enriching the spaces we live in – while nodding to the legacy of our past”.