Oxborough Lakes House

Pro:works worked with Lanpro to deliver a unique and contemporary Passivhaus family home at Oxborough in West Norfolk, on a former peat extraction site. The proposals provide a unique opportunity to combine ecological benefits and high quality innovative design.

Building on an existing approval to convert a modest industrial building into a dwelling, the project comprises a new build extension and refurbishment, in tandem with added ecological benefits which include new bird nesting sites in the Lakes.

Approved as a National Planning Policy Framework Paragraph 55 Dwelling, the design concept promotes a light touch approach to the existing site, ensuring a respectful and considered solution to the many constraints and opportunities presented by the site. p. Ecology, landscape and the history of the site were at the forefront of the process, establishing clear design goals: The Building as Habitat (bird nesting, bats and insect environments integrated into the external fabric); A Light Touch ( new building raised up to leave the landscape untouched) ; Re-use (re-use of the existing industrial building frame) ; Exemplar energy performance (Passivhaus and Code for Sustainable Homes level 5); Public Engagement ( providing a bird hide accessible to the public); Site Ecology Enhancement (new bird nesting spits to be provided in the lakes).

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New dwelling Paragraph 55

Planning (Lanpro)