Harry Barnes Projects

West Pearroc, Smarden

Now completed, this project was another exciting Timber Frame construction with a standing seam Zinc system on the barrel roof. Externally the building is clad with a mixture of vertical board-on-board cedar and wide horizontal cedar planks, which will weather naturally and settle the house into its landscaped grounds. Whilst the external features tie the building in with its agricultural surroundings, a combination of an 11kW Solar PV system with ImmerSun, a Biomass boiler, MVHR heat recovery ventilation system, triple glazed windows throughout and an air-tightness value of 2.49 m³.h-¹.m-² @ 50 Pa, give this Paragraph 55 building an A101-rated EPC and contribute to very low running costs.

Once more we are pleased to have worked with Hawkes Architecture on this project. You can see the progress pictures of this project on Hawkes Architecture website at: http://www.hawkesarchitecture.co.uk/news.html

Contract value: £1m

Prospect Farm

Built on the edge of an old airfield, this single storey timber frame house has been designed to blend in with the surrounding countryside. All living areas, including four bedrooms and an office annex, open out onto a decked walkway at the rear of the property with full height triple glazed windows. The roadside aspect is protected by an earth bund and minimal glazing, both here and on the roof, allows in light whilst maintaining privacy. The building is clad with Larch and has a living Sedum roof applied to the flat EPDM membrane. Internally there is under floor heating throughout and, together with a high insulation specification, an independent sewage treatment plant, a rainwater harvesting system and a groundmount Solar array, it is set to achieve an equivalent to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 which it was designed to meet.

Contract value: £550k

Echo Barn, Biddenden

Echo Barn started towards the end of September 2015 and is now a completed house, although landscaping works continue under the direction of the client. It is a timber frame house with 300mm thick insulated walls covered by Zinc roofing, externally clad in Cedar and locally handmade clay Mathematical Tiles. There is also a Solar Screening system to be fitted using Cedar louvres to the South side.  The building has Internorm triple-glazed windows and doors and there is a roof-mounted PVT system which, together with an underground Earth Bank energy installation, fulfill much of the client’s energy requirements.

You can see snapshots of the progress of the build and see more pictures of ‘Steadings’ on Hawkes Architecture website at: http://www.hawkesarchitecture.co.uk/news.html

Contract value: £832k

Kingswood Surgery

This project involved extending and internally re-arranging a doctor’s surgery in Tunbridge Wells. Working on a small site within a residential area, we registered with the Considerate Contractors scheme to ensure we remained a ‘customer friendly’ building company and created a good rapport with those affected by the build. The extension required matching to the original building finish as well as recycling materials where possible and, because it was a working surgery, the brief flexed as new requirements were identified.

All building work is now complete and the patients are able to enter the surgery through the newly-built entrance, which opens up into the bright and spacious new reception area. Internal works were done to re-align and re-model consultation rooms and waiting areas whilst being mindful of medical standards – all done when the surgery remained open and fully operational

Contract value: £410k

Marine Drive Beach House

A cost effective, high specification timber frame family holiday home built on the sea front. Designed by Grand Designs architect Richard Hawkes, its ‘Beach Hut’ look reflects its seaside surroundings. Features include triple glazed external windows and doors, open vaulted ceiling space, remote off site heating and electrical controls, Roca sanitaryware and Western Red Cedar timber cladding.

This Beach House is available for Holiday Lettings – you can read more about this and see lots more pictures at: http://www.twitterings.co.uk/

Contract value: £378k

Warm Haven

This family home near Maidstone was built in 1992 and badly in need of updating. We were commissioned to extend the original house, adding a porch and a large rear kitchen extension as well as joining the garage to the main building and extending above. The whole house has updated at the same time with a completely new set of windows, new bathrooms and remodelled bedrooms. Externally the old tile cladding has been replaced with Cedar planks and the dated brickwork has been rendered. The reincarnation of the house is now complete with additional landscaping work coming to a close, topped off with the addition of a timber garage and electric gates.

Contract value: £328k

Idle Hill School

Works at Ide Hill School consisted of the construction of a new school classroom block. This project enabled the removal of the school’s old mobile units, replacing them with a state of the art extension linked to their existing school building. Included are many creative features such as two lantern-type roof lights, which bring natural lighting into the building; composite thermally broken windows and doors; underfloor heating and CO2 censored natural ventilation.

Contract value: £417k

Chatham Girls Grammar School Eco Pod

This stylish modular Eco-Pod was made entirely off site and boasts many green and sustainable credentials, including a natural rubber roof covered with Sedum grass, locally sourced Cedar cladding and Warmcell insulation made from recycled newspaper. The base was constructed with minimal disruption within the school environment and the pod was craned in as a complete unit, creating an instant building. The cladding gives the pod a different look compared with the standard modular design, so it also enhances its environment.

Contract value: £38k

Holly Bush Lane

This house in Sevenoaks was remodelled internally and extended to create a perfect family home. A large family room was created with a state-of-the-art open plan kitchen and bi-fold doors out to the garden. Other features such as a solid oak staircase and a cosy woodburning stove, coupled with underfloor heating and high spec bathrooms complete the picture.

Contract value: £386k

Linton Park School

We worked on the Linton Park School project during the Summer break and into the Autumn term. Here we added an extension to the school hall to provide a fixed stage area with storage. Having previously worked on a new block for the school, we were able to go back to the original spec and match the exterior to the existing building. In addition, we stripped out and re-purposed three classrooms to create a glazed SDL area, involving removal of the timber structure and replacement with a steel frame to enable large glass panels to be fitted. These works took 12 weeks to complete

Contract value: £207k

Thomas’s School, Battersea

Thomas’s School, Battersea, is now in possession of a new music and performance block – and they are very pleased with it! The build has proved a challenge to the team, involving a steel frame, with huge solid stone features, squeezed into a small space created by demolishing a previous extension. The project also involved excavation of a basement and was carried out during term-time at this busy school, testing not only our technical and structural knowledge, but also our ability to manage the logistics of a busy site within a restricted environment.

Contract value: £633k

Horton Wood

The extending and refurbishment of an idyllic country house incorporating green features which included solar panels for hot water, photovoltaic units to provide electricity, air tightness at less than 3 m3/m2hr and a HVAC heat recovery system. Externally the house was covered in locally sourced English Cedar weatherboarding.