Fulwood Park

DK Architects

Client: Musker Developments

FP Homes

A development of 5 houses within the Fulwood Park Conservation Area in Liverpool including the transformation of a vacant Listed Georgian Mansion House.

The scheme faced considerable technical and legislative complexities however the design response unlocked the sites potential. By demonstrating considerable improvements to the conservation area, the addition of complementary development within the grounds of the listed building was allowed – taking the form of two carefully designed houses that respond to context and historical setting. The plan form of the historical building was remodelled to form three separate houses. Each house was designed with private front door and gardens without impacting the appearance of the mansion house – an important aspect within the conservation area setting. A contemporary interpretation of a traditional two-storey coach house was formed to provide an additional house adjacent the main mansion. Subservient to the main building, a contemporary architectural language was employed, taking inspiration from surrounding historic coach houses. To the rear of the site, a new pavilion-like house was formed. Sited where an historic palm-house was located and designed to blend with the wider landscaping, this two-storey house creates an exceptional family home with sunken courtyard gardens serving a private lower-ground floor and expansive glass above providing seamless inside-outside living. Environmental benefits were realised during the reformation of the historic building transforming the energy-use demands of the building, whilst preserving the embodied carbon of the original house. The new-build houses employ a fabric-first approach with low-energy and heating fittings, and passive energy design principles.