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 […]


Much of our work involves reusing and upgrading existing buildings. We’ve recognised for some time that extending the use of buildings as a more carbon efficient alternative to demolition and new build is the right thing to be doing, where we can. We were pleased then, to add our name to Architects Declare; a network of practices that have committed to strengthening our working practices to create architecture that has a more positive impact on the world around us. #retrofitfirst www.architectsdeclare.com