Halligan House

Simon Conder Associates, St Albans, 2008


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A new single-storey, flat-roofed, courtyard house in a suburban street in St Albans

A legal covenant meant that this new-build house had to be single storey and have a flat roof, unusual constraints in such a traditional environment.

The accommodation required included an open plan kitchen/dining room, a conservatory, a separate living room, two studies, four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The scale of the family accommodation, the limited width of the site and the limitations of single storey development, all led to a simple courtyard layout.

The height of the two main living spaces has been increased to create a more generous sense of space and the clearstorey glazing catches the evening and morning sun.

The original budget was £1,500 per square metre but the house was completed for only £1,358 per square metre. This tight budget was reflected in the very basic palette of materials, blockwork walls and European Redwood roof and glazing structures, which were chosen because small local builders would be familiar with them.

Externally the walls were finished in a white insulated render. Internally the walls were plastered and the floor was power floated concrete.


  • Completed: Jul 2008
  • Floor area: 230m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £312,400
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Building Works
  • Address: 65 Marshalls Drive, St Albans, AL1 4RD, United Kingdom

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