Shipley based architects, Halliday Clark, have been shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire Award for their individual house project at 35 Ben Rhydding Road, Ilkley.
Halliday Clark, who have won the award previously for their Heliene House project in Huddersfield (featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs) are understandably delighted to have made the shortlist this year against such a varied and strong list of projects.
“We are extremely pleased that we have made the shortlist for this year’s awards,” said Founding Director, Adam Clark.
“We are particularly proud that our approach to modern house design has been recognised by RIBA for a project in Ilkley. We are discerning about the projects which we submit and in this case we felt it was a great project for these awards.”
Halliday Clark was commissioned by Mr and Mrs John Abram to work on the Ben Rhydding Road project, in order to create the perfect retirement home for the couple. The practice became the perfect choice for the project thanks to their local knowledge, vast experience in the industry and their approach to design.
The house comprises three levels, with an open plan living space on the ground floor which includes a dining and kitchen area, and a sitting area, bathroom facilities and two bedrooms on the first floor. Meanwhile the third level of the property includes a bedroom suite with corresponding bathroom.
Early into the design of the building, Halliday Clark noted that due to the property’s positioning, on the northern side of the road, it had little to no useable garden space facing south. This was something which the practice was keen to address, with the solution presenting itself in the form of a sunken garden.
By introducing different levels into the property, including a first floor access point, and by re-positioning the garage to create a screen, the practice was able to create a sunken garden, providing the property with a better way to attract the light. This not only provided the property with a sun trap, but also helped create a truly innovative design, ideal for inclusion on the RIBA shortlist.
“This project was very much about the use of light and space to create a practical, warm yet spectacular home. Its recognition on the RIBA shortlist gives a clear vindication for faith shown in us by our client and the local Planning Department as well as the dedication of the contractor.”