Swimming Pool Extension

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Project: Swimming Pool Extension, Lothersdale

Cost: £418,000 + VAT

Contractor: MW & RF Brewster & Sons

Pool Contractor: KDT Swimming Pools

ASHP & PV: IsoEnergy

Structural Engineer: Partington & Associates

Greenhouse: Woodpecker Joinery

Garden Designer: Alison Thomas

Site Programme: 12 months

Service: Full RIBA Service Works Stages 1 – 7

Contract: JCT Minor Works with Contractor Design

Project Status: Practical Completion Spring 2019


The project brief was to extend an existing stone Victorian ‘villa’ in rural Lothersdale, Yorkshire. This is detailed in two parts, in both a vernacular dressed stonework extension (built sustainably from re-purposed stone salvaged from demolished out-buildings, garden walls and patios from the site), contrasting with a far more contemporary-looking, ashlar limestone-clad and glazed-wall swimming pool. The new pool is dug into the existing sloped hillside garden and set within a relaid terraced lawn, with dry stone retaining walls and a limestone ‘scree-bed’ surround. The new building sits within a refurbished kitchen walled garden, complete with re-built stone shed with attached new cedar greenhouse. Pool and space heating is by an Air Source Heat Pump, with electric boosted by a roof-mounted PV solar system – complete with powervault battery storage inside.

Ian Banks

Ian Banks is a chartered architect, public art consultant and built environment journalist. He is the sole Director of Atoll Ltd, his micro architecture + art collaborative, that partners with a network of artists, designers, landscape architects, engineers.

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