While working with Richard Ashby Associates I was put in charge of the project that required diplomatic negotiations with the Guildford Borough Council. Our Clients – the owners of the listed Tudor country house - wished to build a large group of outbuildings that would form a new curtilage. The brief was also to add the Orangery extension to the rear of the house and to link the outbuildings with the dwelling.

The concept of a link met with planner’s refusal as it didn’t satisfy the requirements of the Green Belt policy. After lengthy negotiations we settled on a linking structure that looked like a separating wall but hid a glass box like accommodation behind.

The limitations of height and volume were very strict so it became a real challenge to design a double garage, granny flat, utility room and changing rooms for the outdoor swimming pool within the allowed parameters.

I prepared two submissions: for external works and for the internal alterations (requiring the Listed Building Consent only). All formal consents were granted. I proceeded to prepare a full set of working drawings.

Client: Private
Location: Send nr Guildford, Surrey