Freshfield Road

Studio RBA, Formby, 2019


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A Victorian property in Formby, Merseyside, which since it’s the 100 years of its existence has received a multitude of additions that detract from the beauty of the original property

Our first design move was to demolish all of these additions and strip back to the original structure, allowing us to replace them with a holistic design response to compliment and reflect some of the key features of the original property. Almost a ‘mini me’ of the original house, we have observed how the existing elevations are split into three with a central rooflight and have mirrored this in the proposed extension.

But, contemporary twists give it an identity of its own; a largely glazed gable end, simplified detailing and large format picture framed windows give the addition an up to date feel without moving too far from the design ethos of the host building. The rear extension provides the family with a garage, hideaway style living space, a gym and family office.

The design response is much more simplified with a metallic clad flat roof, allowing it to have a lower roofline as it butts up to neighbouring properties. Our new interventions both respect and contrast the property. The scale and form of the new is recognisable and of its own identity as to not clash with the old.

Photography by Paul McMullin


  • Begun: Oct 2018
  • Completed: Nov 2019
  • Floor area: 120m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Aug 2018
  • Procurement: RIBA Domestic Building Contract
  • Address: Formby, L37, United Kingdom

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