Rappax

Project Description:

Architectural design services for a period property in Hale.

Conversion of an existing house into 4 duplex apartments.

Location:

Rappax Road, Hale, Trafford Council

Scope of Works:
  • Existing plans and elevations
  • Proposed design layout options
  • Heritage Statement to address Conservation Area
  • Full planning application submission
  • Acting as agent during the determination period

Northedge Architecture began working with the Hale based client following a successful planning approval for a conversion of a detached property into two semi-detached houses in Lancaster. This established our reputation with the client as professional and experienced architects and planning consultants.

We were approached to explore ideas for dividing up the large existing property into separate apartments. We determined that the location within Hale was more suited to luxury accommodation and that duplex apartments would be better suited as it enabled a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom units with large living spaces at ground floor.

Our approach to working with existing properties is often to look at retaining elements of structure where possible and opening up spaces where non loadbearing walls can be removed. We undertook initial sketch proposals to determine the mix of units and arrangements of bedrooms. Initially we identified where existing windows were positions to identify where bedrooms would benefit from natural daylight and aspect towards the surrounding gardens. This left us with internalised zones that would be better suited for elements such as the staircases. The property required efficient use of the space in order for the proposal to prioritise more luxury features such as open plan living spaces and large bedrooms. We produced proposed architectural plans that achieved 10 bedrooms in total, all of which have en-suites.

The houses in the area are generally large in size with significant grounds around them, however the dividing up of this dwelling into smaller residential accommodation raised concerns among some neighbours that this would generate more traffic in the area. We addressed this in the planning application by clarifying with Trafford Council that we had provided sufficient off-street parking and that the density of development was appropriate for the size of the plot.

As the property is situated within South Hale Conservation Area, we were conscious to be respectful to the period design, minimising alterations to the external façade where possible. There are new build porches and new window openings which are in keeping with the design of the existing property. The ornate main entrance is maintained as the primary element on the front elevation and new entrances to apartments are subservient in appearance and location.

Our client was delighted that we had achieved planning approval for this scheme as it increased the value of the site overall with minimal external or structural alterations. Following our success we have continued to work with the client on a handful of other projects including architectural proposals for 49 new build houses in Cheshire and a 250sqm new build luxury house in Hale.

Rappax

Project Description:

Architectural design services for a period property in Hale.

Conversion of an existing house into 4 duplex apartments.

Location:

Rappax Road, Hale, Trafford Council

Scope of Works:
  • Existing plans and elevations
  • Proposed design layout options
  • Heritage Statement to address Conservation Area
  • Full planning application submission
  • Acting as agent during the determination period

Northedge Architecture began working with the Hale based client following a successful planning approval for a conversion of a detached property into two semi-detached houses in Lancaster. This established our reputation with the client as professional and experienced architects and planning consultants.

We were approached to explore ideas for dividing up the large existing property into separate apartments. We determined that the location within Hale was more suited to luxury accommodation and that duplex apartments would be better suited as it enabled a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom units with large living spaces at ground floor.

Our approach to working with existing properties is often to look at retaining elements of structure where possible and opening up spaces where non loadbearing walls can be removed. We undertook initial sketch proposals to determine the mix of units and arrangements of bedrooms. Initially we identified where existing windows were positions to identify where bedrooms would benefit from natural daylight and aspect towards the surrounding gardens. This left us with internalised zones that would be better suited for elements such as the staircases. The property required efficient use of the space in order for the proposal to prioritise more luxury features such as open plan living spaces and large bedrooms. We produced proposed architectural plans that achieved 10 bedrooms in total, all of which have en-suites.

The houses in the area are generally large in size with significant grounds around them, however the dividing up of this dwelling into smaller residential accommodation raised concerns among some neighbours that this would generate more traffic in the area. We addressed this in the planning application by clarifying with Trafford Council that we had provided sufficient off-street parking and that the density of development was appropriate for the size of the plot.

As the property is situated within South Hale Conservation Area, we were conscious to be respectful to the period design, minimising alterations to the external façade where possible. There are new build porches and new window openings which are in keeping with the design of the existing property. The ornate main entrance is maintained as the primary element on the front elevation and new entrances to apartments are subservient in appearance and location.

Our client was delighted that we had achieved planning approval for this scheme as it increased the value of the site overall with minimal external or structural alterations. Following our success we have continued to work with the client on a handful of other projects including architectural proposals for 49 new build houses in Cheshire and a 250sqm new build luxury house in Hale.

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