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  • Hungerdowns Barn | Rodney Black Design

    HUNGERDOWNS BARN - New Barn A new timber framed barn in the grounds of a Grade II listed house provides parking below and a games room above. Specially made windows with leaded lights using toughened glass quarries were installed in the two dormer windows, gable window and glazed door. ​ ​ ​ PROJECT GALLERY .14 1.9.04 Describe your image .11 1.9.04 Describe your image .14 1.9.04 Describe your image 1/2 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Maplestead Hall Barn | Rodney Black Design

    MAPLESTEAD HALL BARN- Repair, conversion & conservation Our brief was to obtain Planning and Listed Building consent to repair and conserve the existing 19th century Essex barn to be suitable for use as a new agricultural business, to convert the attached buildings to domestic use, to convert the existing shed into a cartlodge and carry out associated landscaping works. ​ The buildings for domestic use were insulated to code level 4 and a large amount of the original timbers were left visible creating dramatic living spaces. PROJECT GALLERY 1/5 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Dairy House | Rodney Black Design

    DAIRYHOUSE FARM- Complete refurbishment; new barn, pergola, landscaping & pool Dairy House Farm is part of the Tendring Estate designed by Robert Adam in the 18th century. Our work included the total refurbishment of the house and dairy building, both of which are Grade II listed. ​ Derelict agricultural buildings and a steeply sloping courtyard were cleared to create a new swimming pool, barn, pergola and landscaped terraces. The existing brick and tile barn was carefully refurbished. The new barn is constructed from oak and brick with a unique structure to carry the roof. ​ This project received two Commendations, for Heritage: New Work and Landscaping in the RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Awards 2005. PROJECT GALLERY 1/8 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Creake House | Rodney Black Design

    CREAKE HOUSE- New build The house is currently at the construction stage. It is a new build in the countryside, granted under clause 79(e) of the NPPF which requires a truly outstanding design, reflecting the highest standards in architecture and helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas. This project has a A rating & 0 carbon ofest for 70+ years. ​ The walls are to be a mixture of brick, flint and two types of limestone. The roof is to be pegtile. The architectural composition derives from an inter-related set of classic proportions related to musical harmonies. PROJECT GALLERY Describe your image Describe your image Describe your image Describe your image 1/7 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • New Bells Farmhouse | Rodney Black Design

    NEW BELLS FARMHOUSE- alterations & extension The original Grade II* Listed house was refurbished, strengthened and the oak frame conserved. Modern partitions were removed to create more spacious rooms. ​ The scheme includes a new light and airy Garden Room, Gallery and Link to new Garages and Cartlodge on the ground floor, new staircase, and rearrangement of the first floor to provide a new Master Bedroom with ensuite Bathroom, three further bedrooms and bathroom at first and second floors. ​ This project won the RIBA Craftsmanship Award 2014. ​ ​ ​ PROJECT GALLERY 1/4 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Bridgewick Hall | Rodney Black Design

    BRIDGEWICK HALL Bridgwick Hall is a Grade II listed builing that was contructed ocwe a period of centuries. Poorly considered alterations, rot and structural inadequacy led to a potentially dangerous situation where partial collapse was imminent. A painstaking programme of strengthening, medieval frame repairs and improvements are currently underway. Part of the work is for a curved, glazed frontage, green-roofted garden room. PROJECT GALLERY 1/6 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Architecture | Rodney Black Design

    ARCHITECTURE Stutton Old Rectory Burrowshill Farm Crowe Hall White Lodge Oaks Barn Poolhouse New Bells Farmhouse Hungerdowns Barn Wood Farm Dairy House Chestnut Lodge Le Selve Gay Bowers House Bridgewick Hall Hintlesham Priory Elmsett Old Rectory Maplestead Hall Barn Mill House Short Hoo Manor House Bell House Clapper Farmhouse Little Sutton Hoo Old House Farm The Priory Woodlands House Dairyhouse Summerhouse Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Bell House in the works | Rodney Black Design

    Bell House This project includes reworking of the South wing. A new open plan kitchen and living space where structural work and interiors were completed. We also completed landscaping that creates an exclosed environment with its own microclimate allowing for a exotic planting. PROJECT GALLERY Bell House view 2 Describe your image 1/3 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Values | Rodney Black Design

    BELIEFS Our approach to architecture is progressive classism this means reassesing classical design for the modern era. We apply this rule throughout our projects and strongly believe the finished articles to have timeless relevance. ​ Rodney Black's book Giving Orders sets out these underlying values. Use the link below to find out more about this book. ​ https://www.rbdspublications.co.uk/ SUSTAINABILITY We pride our values on how we can improve the environment, whether that is through sustainability or conservation. Our aim is to create environmentally friendly spaces that are harmonious with the surroundings. We aim to use sustainable products and technology in all our projects including green oak, biomass boilers, heat pumps, photo voltaics and solar collectors. ​ Green Oak frame buildings have been built in the UK for many centuries. They are derived from Roman carpentry practice and have the potential for enormously long life. Some extant oak-framed buildings are over 800 years old. This is an approach to building with which we are very familiar having surveyed and conserved many of them. Our new green oak framed buildings are projected to have very long life, especially as the associated brickwork is laid in lime mortar. This approach to building has many environmental benefits including the carbon capture of the oak structure and the very low ratio of energy required for construction/useful life span. With the strong trend towards energy conservation and the use of renewable fuels, we are taking the lead in every project we undertake to incorporate the new technologies and to reduce heat losses from buildings. Photo voltaics (PV), solar collectors, bio-mass boilers and heat pumps are all technologies we are incorporating into our projects. Creake House A current project which is at the construction stage is going to have zero carbon emissions for 70+ years. This is due to implementing a variety of environmentally friendly installations into the design such as heatpumps, large PV arrays and carbon offsetting with tree planting. CONSERVATION We have been actively involved in the conservation of historic buildings for many years. Our work to date includes 5 Grade I listed buildings, 5 Grade II* listed buildings and numerous Grade II listed buildings and we have received awards for conservation and craftsmanship. ​ Conservation work includes mediaeval oak frame and infill panels, plasterwork including decorative and sculpted interior plaster and external rendering including pargetting, historic brick and stonework, roofing work of all materials including slate, tile (peg, plain and pantile), lead, stainless steel, copper, thatch (both straw and reed), repairs to windows including leaded lights and sourcing hand-made glass, preservation of wall papers, wall panelling, floor finishes including timber boards, brick, tile (including encaustic), stone, staircases, chimneys and chimney pieces, strengthening of buildings without detectable disturbance of historic finishes in the finished work (including underpinning and superstructure failures), installation of mechanical (heating and plumbing) and electrical services into historic buildings, reversion to original floor layouts where intruded walls, floors and ceilings are removed and the finishes restored according to the cues left by original finishes or other evidence of original finishes...and so on. Our expertise led to our being chosen to spearhead the restoration of buildings designed by a British architect in 1895 damaged in the Great Hansin Earthquake which hit Kobe, Japan, in 1995. Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • White Lodge | Rodney Black Design

    WHITE LODGE The house was extended to include a new orangery and new porch at the front, a bay window in the sitting room and a new games room at the rear. ​ The new dining room is of seasoned oak construction with natural slate and hand made clay plain tile roofs, hand made brick plinth, natural hydraulic lime rendering, specially made leaded lights and decorative ironmongery to match the existing house. A jettied gallery allows the new rooflights to light the existing hall and staircase. The work received a Suffolk Association of Architects Craftsmanship Award. ​ ​ ​ PROJECT GALLERY 1/2 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Stutton Old Rectory | Rodney Black Design

    STUTTON OLD RECTORY- New frontage We were commissioned to put a new frontage onto the existing house. A new break forward wall was added to support a new classical pediment. The parapet was rebuilt with a new stone cornice and moulded coping. Stone window sills, window dressings and stone base for the whole frontage were added. The frontage was rerendered with lime render, lined out to resemble ashlar work and lime painted. ​ New entrance joinery, including the door, side and fanlights and framework, was added. A new porch with ionic columns, carved hardwood capitals supporting the special entablature with modillions and coffer rosettes. The porch has a specialist lead roof and lead rainwater goods. PROJECT GALLERY STUTTON OLD RECTORY- 03 Describe your image 1/2 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

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