Buckston Browne

The Kirkhouse Trust needed to create a residential enabling development that would not only finance the cleanup of Buckston Browne, a brownfield former research laboratory site, but also finance the restoration of the Arts and Crafts Farmhouse building and provide residual funds for the charity’s ongoing work in agricultural crop improvement in the developing world.

Our solution

In 2008 Clague devised a proposal that involved the conversion of the restored Farmhouse into four terraced dwellings, as well as the erection of three new eco-houses. These homes each have 4 kw photovoltaic installations, solar thermal panels and internal heat recovery systems. The super structure comprises a SIPS system with excellent thermal performance, whilst rainwater is recycled for grey water uses and for the garden.

Buckston Driveways

The results

The scheme, which was completed in 2013, features stunning vaulted interiors and crisply detailed single storey gabled elements, configured around extensive courtyards, which create an imposing aesthetic with a gravitas worthy of the work carried out at the site.