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Thursday31 July 2014

Make-designed sustainable footballer's house goes for planning

Make's house for Manchester United footballer Gary Neville
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Make Architects has designed this ultra-sustainable home for England and Manchester United footballer Gary Neville.

Plans for the house, which have taken three years to perfect, have now been submitted to Bolton Council.

The 8,000 sq ft property will be built in the Pennines, and – subject to approval – would become the first carbon neutral home in the north west, according to the practice.

The four bedroom house is designed with a kitchen at its heart, and several wings – with titles like “eat”, “relax”, “entertain”, “work”, “sleep” and “play” - spanning off it like the petals of a flower.

It is to be built on a single level, and has been likened to the Skara Brae Neolithic settlement in Orkney, because of the way it is built into the hillside.

Make Architects has designed this ultra-sustainable home for England and Manchester United footballer Gary Neville.
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Neville, 34, plans to build the property on the site of an entire 18th century farming hamlet which he bought for himself and his wife, Emma four years ago.

The couple have already built a 12-bedroom family home on the site, known locally as Top O’ Th’ Knotts.

Stuart Fraser, partner at Make said: “The client has been heavily involved in the design process and is passionate about preserving the natural beauty of this area.

“High quality design was a driving factor but the opportunity to deliver a home of the utmost environmental efficiency was identified from the outset.

“It has been a privilege to be given a brief which has allowed us to truly test the boundaries of current sustainable thinking in terms of design and construction and to work alongside some leading experts in this field. “

A wind turbine will provide power for the property itself and a neighbouring house, while covering much of the house in a green roof of meadow grasses and wildflowers will reduce energy usage.

The property, which also features solar panels and a ground source heat pump, is on green belt land but it is understood that the team hopes that it will be allowed to go ahead because it falls into the category of being “truly outstanding and ground breaking”.

The scheme has already been selected as an exemplar project within the government’s ‘Planning Performance Agreements for Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes’ programme.

If planning permission be granted, preliminary construction work is expected to start later this year.

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  • Looks nice but that petal shaped plan is rather horrid and contrived. Still, I like the look of the building in the landscape.

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  • i need more clear pictures....

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  • Hardly "Ground breaking" go and Google Earthship and see what you get. "truly outstanding" Hmmmmmm

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  • Blimey!! A footballer with grey matter + imagination.....Hooray that has to be a first, or at least mind bendingly rare?! [I lost interest in football soon after Stanley Matthews won his one + only FA Cup medal.....] Would like to see more info!....plus a look at existing house!??

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  • The Make geniuses have pushed the boundaries of architecture once more: this time they've designed a "sustainable footballer." Shame the "sustainable footballer" will have to live in a frankly idiotic rabbit warren though...

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  • not sure what to make of this. Hidden within the article is reference to a 12 bedroom house already on the site. I'm assuming this stays ? If so, makes a bit a mockery of the site as a whole been sustainable surely ??

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  • Well done Gary Neville. Tevez would never commission something so thoughtful!

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  • More detail's at Bolton Planning - note the application is rather "hidden" - the reference given on the Map Search routine is wrong - use reference 83545/10 instead. Not surprisingly it's noted as a "PPS7 House" - and since it's a house the Planning Fee is only £335...

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  • "Hidden within the article is reference to a 12 bedroom house already on the site. I'm assuming this stays ? If so, makes a bit a mockery of the site as a whole been sustainable surely ??" That house remains - it's 200-300m away... This is a greenfield site

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  • I think this look pretty nice - reminiscent of a hobbits house I would love to live in an underground house like this.

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