North Bank lies on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Haydon Bridge in the Tyne valley, Northumberland. Despite its rural location the site has neighbours to three sides, and so the design was developed to be considerate of this, and orientates the form towards the wonderful views over the valley and towards the pennines to the south.

The conservation area required a careful and sensitive approach, and so the design incorporates and reinterprets elements of rural Northumberland’s historic agricultural barns. The building sits close to the road and is orientated to make the most of the site, the sunpath and the views, whilst still maintaining privacy with its neighbours. The zinc roof and timber cladding create a lightness to the feel of the house, and when seen from the south, the strong gable floats in the trees as the ground sharply falls away……….