Conscious of the environmental impact of a new-build structure, the architects chose to use mass timber for the building's primary structure. The building boasts a cross-laminated timber (CLT) frame that offers natural soundproofing and airtightness. The design challenge was finding a way for this material to feel at home alongside the raw and characterful aesthetic of the old Bon Marche building.
The brick-clad, four-bedroom property had previously been extended with a gabled addition housing the garage. As it is located within a green belt area, any further extensions to the building were prevented. Napier Clarke Architects worked with the clients to determine whether it was best to demolish the house and rebuild on the existing footprint, or to upgrade the existing building.