Rigby & Rigby have been given consent to proceed as development managers for the first castle in 100 years.
Having secured planning permission to demolish a 1930s hilltop house known as Oversley Castle, the scheme will create a contemporary take on the castles original form. This will be the first new castle built within the last 100 years within the UK.
Stratford upon Avon District Council granted consent for the Manchester-based practice’s 1,000m2 scheme near the Warwickshire village of Wixford.
The existing house on the site – which includes a tower from an even earlier castle built on the site in the early 19th century – is in a ‘serious state of disrepair’. It’s proposals will create a modern home for a ‘young growing family’ and ‘guarantee the sustainability of Oversley Castle for the next 300 years and beyond’ according to planning documents.
Open-jointed Purbeck random coursed stone walls will be contrasted with diamond-sawn stone lintels and bronze powder coated window frames in the new house, while a bedroom block will feature oak cladding. The home will feature five floors and integral garages with space for four cars.
The house will be ‘as near to net zero energy’ as possible, according to planning documents. It will feature high levels of insulation and airtightness; photovoltaic slates on the roof; a rotary wind turbine within the estate; an air source heat pump; and green flat roofs.
“Rigby and Rigby are very happy to have been involved in the progress of this incredible, contemporary scheme. The level of information submitted for planning means that the building is quite resolved and can progress to detailed design very quickly, to allow the team to be on-site in the summer!” – Iain Johnson CEO rigbyandrigby.com
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