This award-winning project in Polruan, near Fowey in Cornwall, saw us work with architects Atelier3 and builders Perring Properties to create a stand-out new home in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
As its name suggests, this stunning property is located on the headland of Polruan at the mouth of historic natural harbour of Fowey.
A dated bungalow previously occupied the logistically challenging plot. The plan was to use the site to near capacity, which meant there would be little storage for building materials and limited access. It also meant building on many different levels, which made it technically challenging for all parties.
Atelier3 designed a replacement dwelling that would sensitively sit in the landscape and be recessive in nature using material that included natural stone, cedar cladding and bio-diverse roofing. They drew further inspiration from the stone forts that are located on each side of the estuary. Planning permission was obtained with support from the AONB under delegated powers first time.
PCA were required to facilitate the architect’s intricate detailing, including curved walls and roofing, and retaining walls that respected and nestled into the contours of the rock dominating the site.
The project was Highly Commended in the South West Building Excellence Awards 2021 for Best Individual New Home and has received the 2021 Cornish Buildings Group Award for an Outstanding New Building, where the judges commented:
The judges of the Cornish Buildings Group Award said: ““The judges were unanimous in their admiration of the house approving greatly of the quality of design, applauding not only the very high quality of the design but also its subtle evocation of Cornish distinctiveness and the clever exploitation of the site. The judges were also impressed by the way that the house makes a bold statement whilst respecting the sensitivity of its location.”
Highly Commended in the South West Building Excellence Awards 2021 for Best Individual New Home, 2021 Cornish Buildings Group Award for Outstanding New Building
Photos: John Hersey Studio