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mba* MatchBox Architects

mba* MatchBox Architects

Strixton, UK

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mba* MatchBox Architects - Conway - Shortlisted for the LABC Awards - Best Individual N

mba* MatchBox Architects

Our client wished to replace their existing dormer bungalow, with a new energy efficient dwelling on the same site.

Conway Front Exterior 2

Conway Front Exterior 2 

Conway Front Exterior 2

Conway Front Exterior 2 





We are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted for the for Best Individual New Homes, Conway located in Oxford, has been designed to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Our client wished to replace their existing dormer bungalow, with a new energy efficient dwelling on the same site. The design provided them with a contemporary reinterpretation of the surrounding houses, which was also highly insulated and efficient. The building met Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and achieved an EPC rating of A (94%).

The design is a contemporary and innovative solution to replacing a dwelling in an existing characterful street, with a highly sustainable home, which makes a positive contribution to the street scene. The choice of construction method, the requirement for Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes along with the planning restrictions led to a project which was unique for the area.

The decision by the client to run the project themselves gave them a high level of input into the finer details of the build and the flexibility of the construction method allowed them to adapt the internal layout, once the spaces had been created. This allowed them to resize rooms to better suit their needs. The EPC rating of A, further highlights that this is a unique project, and one of the last projects constructed under the now defunct Code for Sustainable Homes.

The building was designed to take the use of timber framed construction methods to enable swift construction on site. Val-U-Therm insulated panels were installed to give a wall uvalue of 0.13 W/m2K. Triple glazed Unilux windows were used to further enhance the thermal efficiency of the building. Underfloor heating was used across both floors to make use of the heat provided by the solar panels. The plant was installed in the
garage and the underfloor heating pipes for the house were looped across the garage floor, to make use of the residual heat. The garage door was insulated to retain this heat.

The client oversaw the complete build sourcing products and subcontractors. The main subcontractor was Flight Timber Structures who produced the timber frame and ValUTherm panels. The client sold elements of their original house and recycled timber etc. This enabled waste to be kept to a minimum. The client frequently combined waste and recycling trips with visits to the builder's merchant to minimise vehicle movements. As the
client directly appointed the subcontractors they were able to keep a close eye on them, to ensure the project was completed to the high levels required by the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The plan check was carried out by South & Vale building control who worked with mba* to ensure the building would meet the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The onsite inspector assisted the client throughout the process. This was especially important as the clients were self builders and there was no project manager involved.