Thomas Greatorex & Sons

Evans Vettori Architects Ltd, Matlock, 2007

 

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Hearse exiting the building 

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  • Hearse exiting the building    
  • The extension doesn    
  • Windows and doors have been carefully positioned to respond to views and light, and to compliment the     
  • This small new addition to a historic locality makes a positive contemporary contribution and further enhances a charming mixed-use environment    
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  • Large windows are set into the lrach cladding that covers the gable end    
  • Ground floor and first floor plans    
  • Short and long section    

Inconspicuous extension for a funeral directors, function is kept discrete in form and appearance

An expanding funeral directors business needed a hearse garage, workshop space and more offices. The site overlooks a brook and has views to the nearby church. The new building replaces a decrepit shack, and occupies the same footprint.

The design is conceived as a boat-house and expresses workshop below and offices above. Hence stone is used below, with larch cladding above. It acts as a ‘bookend’ to the funeral directors premises, and as a transition between the long metal garage and the adjacent two-storey row of cottages. The building’s use is deliberately ambiguous and discreet – most people think it is a house.

Windows and doors have been carefully positioned to respond to views and light, and to compliment the ‘ad hoc’ character of the Conservation Area. This small new addition to a historic locality makes a positive contemporary contribution and further enhances a charming mixed-use environment.

Data

  • Completed: 2007
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £127,548
  • Address: Thomas Greatorex & Sons Ltd, 29 Knowleston Place, Matlock, DE4 3BU, United Kingdom

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