YORK HANDMADE PLAYS PIVOTAL ROLE IN STUNNING NORTH YORKSHIRE DEVELOPMENT
award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has played a significant role in a
stunning new North Yorkshire residential development.
Easingwold-based firm, one of the leading independent brick-makers in the
country, supplied specially-manufactured bricks for a state-of-the art barn
development at Manor Ridge Barns, Slingsby, near Helmsley.
bricks have helped to create a brand-new home, designed by acclaimed London and
Suffolk-based architects TAS Architects, for property renovator Charles
Handmade provided Slingsby bricks and Bullnosed Brick Specials, which were used
on the curved-edge pillars of the development.
Christophe Spiers of TAS Architects
explained: “This was a tremendously exciting design challenge, converting a
series of listed agricultural buildings to create a sustainable new family
home. York Handmade’s bull-nosed bricks were perfect for this purpose and blend perfectly with the
original bricks of the old barns.
“Set on a spacious site in the
pretty village of Slingsby, a cluster of listed farm buildings have been
lovingly restored by Charles and his brother, Will, to create a new family home.
We linked the existing barns with new interventions including frameless glass
links and a ‘floating’, weathering steel clad extension.
“A mix of traditional building
methods and off-site manufacturing were brought together successfully to
achieve a material-rich, contemporary aesthetic which works sympathetically
with the historic buildings.
“We are proud to have helped to
create a welcoming family home with intimate living spaces and flexible
entertaining areas. The finished
buildings are highly insulated, with triple glazed windows and an MVHR system, and
benefiting from a biomass boiler - fuel for which is being grown on site
for future use,” explained Mr Spiers.
Nixon of York Handmade commented: “It has been a privilege to play a part in creating
a really fantastic family home.”
Charles Saggers has worked in property renovation for most of his adult life
but, ironically, he never seriously expected to build his own home.
explained: “It was only when my wife Clare and I were looking to move back to
North Yorkshire from London with our two young children that it actually
entered my head.
a year of fruitless house hunting we stumbled across a cluster of derelict farm
buildings that were for sale near Helmsley and instantly saw the potential. It
was such an exciting collection of buildings. There were so many different
shapes and forms and building materials. We couldn’t get it out of our heads.”
biggest highlight of the project for me has been incorporating traditional
building materials into the scheme, creating a contemporary space but with a
firm nod to the site’s agricultural heritage.”
added: “I would like to thank TAS Architects for working with us in
transforming our dream into a fantastic reality.”