Pegasus Group was instructed to provide planning and urban design services for Cauldon Close, Leek. The development provides 3 bespoke dwellings, on constrained site.
The proposed dwellings are set into the side of the existing topography, orientated south east, facing down the hill. The design is inspired by the views of the landscape to the south from the natural contours of the site. The design ensures that the landscape remains the predominant character of the site and respects the proximity to the Grade II listed well.
Each dwelling is a 3 bed, 3 storey house. At the lower ground floor there is a garage, WC, utility and stair up to the living space above. The upper ground floor is largely open plan with the stair leading to the living room / kitchen / diner. There is a study, accessed off of the kitchen, and access to the rear garden space. Bi-fold doors provide access to a south facing, cantilevered, external terrace. At the first floor there are 3 bedrooms, family bathroom, and dressing room / en-suite for the master, with panoramic views of the natural landscape to the south.
The design of the dwellings follows a contemporary approach which is sensitive to and builds upon the existing topography. The lower ground floor is embedded into the bank and clad in natural stone, which is suggestive of rural vernacular and the natural surroundings. Combined with a simple form, dug into the slope, this aids in reducing the visual impact of the 3-storey building. The upper floors float above the stone plinth and are clad in red brick, with slate roof, referencing materials predominately found in the area. The simple form and the change in materials between the lower ground and upper floors aids in reducing the overall mass of the dwellings. The southern elevation is punctuated with large windows maximising views of the natural landscape, whereas the side elevations are a little more reserved.