Greenham Lock Cottage

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Greenham Lock cottage was originally the old lock keepers cottage in the centre of Newbury. Due to the rise in the flood plain, the clients were granted permission to demolish the property, and build a new house at a raised level.

The job itself was quite straight forward, but its location was not. Situated on an island between the river and the canal, the only access was via a foot bridge, so everything had to be carried onto and off the island. A unique system of twist piles was used in the ground, with a reinforced concrete slab acting as a raft. On top of this, a steel and timber frame building was erected, and capped off with a zinc roof. The clients chose to clad the building in cedar, so with the cedar contrasting against the zinc, and the anthracite grey windows, the end result was stunning. A beautiful modern home, heated by a water source heat pump, taking heat directly from the river.