The Water Tower

Baynes and Co., Kettering, 2011


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  • Typical plan detail    
  • Section B-B    
  • West elevation    
  • North and south elevations    
  • Angled wall detail    

Relocation of an existing spiral staircase outside of a water tower to release space for a bedroom, bathroom, study and entrance foyer.

To find a suitable form that reflects both the use of the main building as an art gallery and for domestic use, the architect created models and a three-dimensional illustration of the process of adding a staircase to the outside of the building.

By ‘hinging’ open the stone of the tower and plugging in the vertical link, the logic of the building was expressed. Polycarbonate glazing avoided any horizontal joints and the client contributed the ‘water’ line inscribed into the self-coloured render.


  • Begun: May 2011
  • Completed: Oct 2011
  • Floor area: 438m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £124,000
  • Tender date: Feb 2011
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works 2005, Revision 2009
  • Address: The Water Tower, Benefield Road, Brigstock, Kettering, NN14 3JA, United Kingdom

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