Gagarin Studio received planning approval for a ’country house clause’ home on moorland fringes in the South Pennines.  The practice utilised Paragraph 79 of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), a clause that allows exemplary new-build homes to be constructed in open countryside under special circumstances. The design continues a long established tradition of building Yeomen Clothiers houses in farmland in Calderdale; a house type that has inspired many of the later Arts & Crafts houses nationally. Our proposal re-envisages this ‘Halifax House’ vernacular for the 21st Century, with a modern, zero-carbon dwelling that can endure in the South Pennine climate. The […]


We’re thrilled that the Leeds footbridge we designed in collaboration with DP Squared has been recognised in this years British Construction Industry Awards. The NIC awarded their inaugural prize to the bridge based on their four principles of Climate, People, Place & Value: ” The new footbridge over the River Aire is a new piece of infrastructure that connects two sides of the city within the Climate Innovation District. The project is an example of what is achievable through ambitious design, collaborative working and engaging wider stakeholders. The result is a stunning addition to Leeds’ riverfront and an exemplar of […]