The proposed scheme, designed by Vincent & Brown, sets out to return a historic suburban villa in York to its original use as a private dwelling, whilst providing five high quality new homes on adjacent brownfield land.
Constructed in 1899, in what was then a largely rural area on the edge of the city, Ousefield House was designed by Walter Brierley, a well-known York architect, and is an early example of the ‘Wrenaissance’ Style which become typical of the Edwardian Period. Originally serving as the private home to distinguished local families, the house was later brought under the ownership of the nearby barracks where it was adapted for use as an officer’s mess. A grade II listed building, the proposals seek to reinstate the layout of the original house, allowing it to once again to be used as family residence.
The proposed new build properties have been designed to respond to the sensitive nature of the site, respecting the prominence of Ousefield and taking design references from the surrounding conservation area. The dynamic massing and contemporary appearance ensure the houses are architecturally distinctive within the setting. Equally, the use of high-quality materials and a focus on external spaces provides a solution which compliments the qualities of the original house.
The scheme was submitted for planning approval in January 2022.
London Ebor Developments PLC