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Thursday31 July 2014

First look: Sustainability underpins this ‘exceptional’ Hexham scheme

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Newton Architects has secured planning permission for a new country house at The Paise near Hexham.

Permission was granted under PPS7 planning rules, which allow for the development of new country houses in otherwise protected rural areas where they are deemed to be of exceptional architectural quality.

The project introduces a new single-storey extension to an existing stone barn, which nestles under a grass roof, merging seamlessly with the wider Northumberland landscape.
A retractable roof opens the interior of the barn to the sky, while the extension addresses the countryside through a panoramic band of full-height glazing. Existing and new parts of the house have been designed to Passivhaus standards, with use of superinsulation and triple glazing throughout.

Heating needs are addressed through the provision of a ground source heat pump, a carbon-neutral wood-burning stove and solar panels. Electricity is supplied by a microturbine and photovoltaic panels.

Newcastle-based Newton Architects is headed by father and son team Malcolm and Liam Newton. “Over the course of one year, the amount of energy generated on the site should be equal to or greater than the amount used from the grid,” said Liam Newton.

“It has taken us two years of very hard work to encourage planners and councillors to seriously engage with the scheme and we are delighted they have now granted permission.”

Ground floor

Newton Architects' country house in Hexham


1 Cellar 2 Living room 3 Writing room 4 Reading room 5 Winter garden 6 Play room/bedroom 7 Dining area 8 Kitchen 9 Entrance hall 10 Boot room 11 Swimming pool 12 Bedroom 13 Estate office 14 Studio 15 Greenhouse 16 Staff cottage

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