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Extend and renovate an existing property in a conservation area into a 6 bedroom family home, incorporating energy efficiency and environmentally conscious elements for long term benefits and to reduce the carbon footprint of the house.

Brook Street - Front before
Brook Street - Front 3


  • Location: Leicestershire
  • Sector: Residential house extension
  • Client: Private Client


LABC Regional Awards 2020 – Finalist

Double doors in glazed gables open out on to the first floor terrace balconies providing a full panorama of the exquisite location

Brook Street - Before rear


The existing house did not reflect the historic principles of the original local dwellings nor the conservation area it is within. Our design to extend and render the property took reference from the long linear buildings characteristic of the area, and is a contemporary interpretation which the planning officers and conversation officer agreed with.

The layout of the original house had not been designed well. The large conservatory also made the rooms to the rear of the property dark, however this was part of the footprint of the house, and once demolished, enabled the large scale extensions that were sought. The entire new space was remodelled with the relocation of the staircase to the front of the house, becoming a strong yet silent feature and influencing the external façade.

Energy efficient and sustainable elements were imperative. The uninsulated original dwelling was wrapped in external rigid insulation. An air source heat pump, under floor heating powered by the air source heat pump, solar panels and high specification low g-value glazing were installed. Other components were carefully selected for their sustainable renewable properties and/or circular lifespan qualities including timber cedar cladding, a new oak staircase, oak doors and finishes, a zinc canopy, zinc rain water goods and aluminium windows.

The windows also reflect the internal functions of the rooms. The cedar clad gable has windows going up in steps mimicking the rising of the staircase, whilst those in the living areas become larger and bolder to maximise light flow. An impressive dwelling has been created that is inspired by the local vernacular, but with a contemporary twist.

Brook Street Rear 2


  • Architects: HSSP