Grand Grimsby area design shortlisted for prestigious architectural accolade

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 20 Mar 2017

A STUNNING addition to a home in Healing has seen a Humberston practice shortlisted for a prestigious architectural award.

The large single-storey extension to a private family home was brought forward by ID Architecture's James Lockwood (pictured left), and is now in the running for a Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire Award.

Constructed by the firm's Wilton Road landlord JemBuild, it has dramatically enhanced the property, with a generous open-plan kitchen, living area and library, with full glazing to the south-facing garden.

Mr Lockwood, an ID director, said: "This is our first RIBA shortlisting ever. We became a chartered practice with them a little over a year ago, so this was our first opportunity to submit a building, and it is great to be recognised.

"It is a very modern extension, replacing an original, where we chose black timber to complement the original mock Tudor frontage. It is sympathetic but clearly of its time too."

One innovative addition is a shallow pool outside, that reflects sunlight to the ceiling, bringing it alive.

As water evaporates in the summer it also helps to lower the temperature around the terrace.

​JemBuild managing director Paul Barker (pictured right), who was named Business Person of the Year at the 2016 Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards, said: "It is great, there is a lot of pride about it and we just like to demonstrate what we are about, high quality products and a competitive price.

"It has given the house a really modern feel, and provided the living space that was desired, while still maintaining the character. ID is ecstatic about it too, it is a big thing for an architect, so to get shortlisted is amazing."

The RIBA judging panel will tour it in the coming weeks.

The extension, which has attracted interest from Real Homes and Grand Designs magazines, completed in December, the same month that saw the official opening of JemBuild's headquarters, where ID is a tenant, having designed that too.

There are high hopes for the Wilton Road office, which has been submitted – due to location – into the East Midlands RIBA classification. The shortlist will be announced soon.

Winners of the 13 categories in the Yorkshire event will be announced on May 25, at a special event in Hull, held there to mark City of Culture status.

Notes from the architect:

Tanglewood, an impressive Edwardian property in Healing is characteristic of its period with a high deep-set porch and its mock Tudor panelling.

The new extension, replacing a previous extension accommodates a generous open-plan kitchen, living area and library with an improved connection to its large south facing garden.

Undertaken as a traditional contract over a six month period the works completed in December 2016.

Black larch was chosen to be sympathetic to the original property whilst being inherently modern.

The larch mimics the richness of the black painted timber in the mock Tudor panelling offering a striking contrast to the red brickwork.

This provides continuity with the existing building creating a cohesive whole.

At the front of the property the extension is discrete, barely touching the original red facing brickwork of the house but where it does meet there is a slim, tall window differentiating between old and new.

Although not listed it was important that the extension remained subservient to the house.

From the rear, this single storey extension sits in front of the face of the original property with large banks of aluminium sliding doors opening out onto the newly formed terrace and reflecting pool.

The glazing has been set back giving a deep reveal to the roof parapet, whilst offering shade it also allows for lighting to be recessed into the soffit, encouraging use of the terrace into the evening.

Outside the library area is a shallow reflecting pool.

Being south facing when the sun hits the pool it bounces the ripples of light onto the ceilings of these rooms, animating the ceiling.

In the summer the pool has a secondary effect, as the water evaporates it offers the benefit of lowering the ambient temperature around the terrace, which in the summer can be very welcome.

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