78 and 80 Derngate

John McAslan + Partners, Northampton, 2003


Subscribe now to instantly view this image

Subscribe to the Architects’ Journal (AJ) for instant access to the AJ Buildings Library, an online database of nearly 2,000 exemplar buildings in photographs, plans, elevations and details.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

Display case alongside the staircase in No 80 

Richard Bryant / Arcaid (website)     Download Original

  • Display case alongside the staircase in No 80    
  • North elevation, the black door and bay mark No 78, with Mackintosh interiors; to the left is the narrow, rebuilt No 80    
  • South elevation, the white render is the Mackintosh house (No 78), with No 80 to the right    
  • Staircase    
  • The narrow, rebuilt No 80 providing display space and the route down from the top of No 78    
  • The ground floor rear living room, structured by Mackintosh but with some décor as chosen by Mrs Bassett-Lowke    
  • Derngate is primarily about decoration: colour, surface and texture    
  • Rear guest bedroom    
  • Light fitting detail    
  • Derngate is primarily about decoration, through colour, surface and texture    
  • The view from the enclosed balcony at the rear of the building    
  • Site plan    
  • Basement plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan. This floor provides a link from No 78 to No 80 where visitors can descend    
  • Section AA    
  • Original rear bedroom    
  • Original bathroom    
  • Original living room    
  • Key section through 78 and 80 Derngate    
  • Detail plans and sections through glass cabinet and staircase    
  • Detail cross-sections through glass edge strip and floor    

Restoration of Mackintosh's last built project, a terraced house at Derngate in Northampton with a detailed interior

The multi-dimensional arts facility in Northampton, incorporates a restored Charles Rennie Mackintosh house, 78 Derngate, at its core.

Devised for the toy maker and arts patron W J Bassett Lowke in 1919, Derngate was Mackintosh’s last completed commission. This phase of the project involved close collaboration with specialist historians and designers in order to recreate the lost Mackintosh interiors.

The project also focused on the adaptation of the adjoining early 19th century terrace house and gardens of 80 Derngate into galleries and support accommodation, with a linked connection to 78
The existing properties were purchased by Northampton Borough Council and the 78 Derngate Trust, who jointly acted as client. The scheme received listed building consent, a successful Heritage Lottery grant and was opened on schedule.


  • Begun: Sep 2002
  • Completed: 2003
  • Floor area: 281m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £955,548
  • Funding: Heritage Lottery grant
  • Tender date: Aug 2002
  • Address: 78 - 82 Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UH, United Kingdom

Professional Team