Multiple build needn’t multiply the challenges

Our clients in Lincolnshire secured land from their local Golf Club and wanted to put in a planning application for five luxury houses overlooking the pretty course. Helen Needham, Architectural department manager, met our clients on her ‘home turf’ of Lincolnshire to appraise the design opportunities. In this discussion Helen listened to our Client’s wishes and offered ideas in order to advise on the design approach for the house concepts and wider site context.

As part of this visit, Helen firstly established a design masterplan, assessing the amount, mass, layout, and style of the properties so all 5 would work together while taking into consideration wider site matters such as the access into the site.

Multiple build site plan

Once a way forward is agreed, the project is passed onto a member of the in-house Architectural team who further develops it in line with the Client’s brief. In this particular case, we designed using our standard ‘Woodhouse’ range as a starting point, these were then amended, evolving them to make each unique for their setting.


Each house features large glazed gables, which open out onto the beautiful views; trees and golf greens to the rear and the Lincolnshire Wolds to the front.  Each house benefits from spacious floor layouts and a bespoke green oak frame. Amendments to the designs involved the creation of new drawings and updated 3D models to increase the footprint of each house as required; they were well adjusted to sit comfortably on the generously sized plots.


To facilitate this project we worked alongside a Planning Consultant; using his local knowledge we were able to get positive feedback from Planning and obtain Full Planning Permission. Following this positive outcome our Clients made the decision to live in one of the proposed houses and sell the rest as Custom Build plots. Custom Build refers to the plots being serviced with Planning Permission, and the buyer will often go back to Planning with amendments from the original designs in order to build a more personal and unique home for themselves tailored to their requirements.


When working on a multiple build site it is important to consider how the land is divided to create each plot. Our Architectural team work utilise 3D early on in ther process, this includes working on the 3D topography of the site, allowing them to visualise how the individual plots interact with each other, what the access is like and what the terrain of the site is. Information produced from topographical surveys allows for a higher level of site plan accuracy while enabling us to suitably position the houses in accordance with the levels on each plot. Often adjustments to the terrain are made in relation to the surrounding plots, access roads, gradients, etc, to ensure the site is appropriate for the new development.

The above project is now on site and nearing completion. Build completed by Jim Fairburn Ltd and specialist oak frame and encapsulation designed and erected by Oakwrights. To find out more about multiple build sites or to discuss the potential for a site you own please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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