The British Homes Awards


Contemporary Elegance

Architect Project Orange has created a meticulously detailed and elegant home for their private client at Riverside Manor House that impressed the award judges. This winning project involves the conversion of not just a single home, but a series of buildings. The grade 2 listed estate comprises a main house dating back to the late eighteenth century, a new library built on the footprint of an original bakehouse, the refurbishment of an original grain mill into guest accommodation, and the conversion of dilapidated stables into barn like structures for a workshop, wine store and carport.

The conversion sought to improve the overall quality of the estate by carrying out extensive repair works to the historic fabric, and carefully constructing contemporary insertions within the interior. The insertions include two dramatic new staircases, which have become focal points of the interior and examples of modern craftsmanship, adding to the richness and heritage of the site.

The main house was extensively modified in the 1960s, with inverted dormers added to the rear. These have been replaced with large projecting dormer windows, using traditional details such as vertical tile hanging, and traditional lead sheet with wood cored roll detail. The dormers now house built-in bathtubs or seating areas, and let light flood into the home.

All 1960s additions have been removed, aluminium sliding patio doors being replaced with more sympathetic oak framed French doors. The works also included a structural intervention to allow the main reception room to be opened up. A separate pool house connecting to the main house has been refurbished.

In the guest cottage created from the former grain mill restored original timber beams contrast with contemporary detailing. The interior fit out and decoration of all areas have been meticulously detailed to give a contemporary, elegant series of spaces, using a limited palette of materials including European Oak, French limestone and bronze.


Project Orange
2nd Floor Block E Morelands
5-23 Old Street
Tel: 020 7566 0410
Fax: 020 7566 0411
Contact: Ruth Silver