Townsend Farm. Devises, Wiltshire

This practice was commissioned by the Crown Estates to design a new house in the countryside on the site of a Victorian farmhouse destroyed by fire.

The new buildings appearance is intended to reflect the character of the local area and nearby Marlborough. The plan and position of the house was influenced by the requirement that the surviving basement be incorporated.

Despite its traditional appearance the buildings construction conforms to modern regulations. The windows have been purpose made to our designs and are double glazed. The heating is underfloor in the principal ground floor rooms which have been finished in oak boarding. The buildings internal scale is traditionally large with a generous floor to ceiling height befitting the large rooms. In total the 5 bedroomed house is some 450m sq or nearly 5000ft sq and cost in the order of £1300/msq

Externally careful selection of facing bricks and the use of brick specials enhance the traditional feel. The vertical tile hanging is a local feature. The slate for the roof, in two colours was selected from quarries owned by the Crown Estates.

The building achieves a BREAM rating of 'excellent'.