An extensive residential new build project nestled neatly in the quiet London district of Blackheath continues to turn heads almost twelve months on from its completion.
Located within the renowned Cater Estate, which was originally planned in the late 18th century, the contemporary design of Blackheath House takes a lead from the natural surroundings. The attention to detail and striking character of the building was recently recognised with a nomination at the 2018 Wood Awards. It is one of three properties shortlisted in the ‘Private’ category. The standout design of Blackheath House was created by architects Walker Bushe.
The house was conceived as a peripatetic route weaving the building into the gently sloping landscape. Timber was selected for its structural, environmental and tactile qualities. A CLT construction was chosen for sustainability and the ability to create long spans with intermittent minor columns.
Externally, flint walling and bronze and oak cladding complement the garden. 10m long English oak boards emphasise the building’s horizontality. Internally, a restrained palette of natural stone, oversized oak boards and polished concrete creates a sense of calm. Built-in joinery finished in oak veneer accommodates storage, doors and drawers, detailed with mitered pulls. Elsewhere cupboards are finished with perforated acoustic panels. In the kitchen, black-sprayed timber joinery provides a strong but elegant backdrop to the oak kitchen island.
The work was carried out on site by London-based bespoke development specialists My Construction. Structural engineering was overseen by Michael Hadi Associates while the joinery was conducted by a combination of B&A Woodworking, Roy Farrugia and Oberflex. Crucially, the wood for Blackheath House was supplied by Wessex Timber and included English oak, English oak veneer, European ashen oak veneer, Slavonian oak and Austrian spruce.
Blackheath House is situated within the Blackheath Cator Estate, which is made up of 282 acres of land. The ownership of the roads and the administration of the Estate is overseen by the Blackheath Cator Estate Residents Ltd.
London-based Walker Bushe has built a strong reputation for striking projects such as Blackheath House. The studio is made up of experienced architects and designers who work across a range of projects, from new build homes to office re-fits. Boasting over 25 years of experience in the UK and across Europe, Walker Bushes has completed numerous standout projects tailored to individual demands of a client.
Wood Awards 2018
Twenty exceptional buildings across the UK have been nominated for the Wood Awards 2018 shortlist. The judging panel, led by three-time Gold Award winner Stephen Corbett of Green Oak Carpentry, will visit all the shortlisted projects in person, making this a uniquely rigorous competition. The shortlist will be showcased at the London Design Fair (Stand: 13.3, Hall: H13), Old Truman Brewery, 20th-23rd September. Winners will be revealed at the annual Wood Awards ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 20th November, by ceremony host David Hopkins, Director of the Timber Trade Federation.
Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards are free to enter and aim to encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.