Holgate Mews
  • ProjectHolgate Mews
  • ClientRHW Developments
  • LocationYork
  • Size6 Residential Units and Private Members / social club
  • Value2.8m
  • StatusCompleted 2018

Located within the suburbs to the west of York in the area of Holgate the site as existing was occupied by the Holgate Working Men’s Club.

Our proposals created a new social club at the front of the site and to the rear 6 No. three storey, contemporary family houses.

The houses at the rear of the site are positioned in a terrace which steps after plot 2 in order to move the remaining four houses away from the root protection of the large poplar tree at the rear of the site. The houses have been designed to have an asymmetrical roof which lowers the eaves at the front of the house either side of the projecting made possible by creating a double height space above the staircase. At the rear of the site there are 3 full storeys, the ground floor level extends further than the upper floors which creates a large living space opening up to the garden and providing an upper floor terrace which is access from the first floor lounge.

The elevations are designed so the projecting elements (the bay at the front and the rear ground floor space) are constructed with buff brick with the background utilising a red facing brick. The windows are proportioned to echo the Victorian architecture within the area which are given a contemporary feel through the specification of coloured PPC aluminium and projecting surrounds to the windows. This colour is carried through to the terrace balustrade and juliette balcony.

Additional architectural detail is added through artificial stone string courses above the doors to the external store. The line of this is continued through to the slim-line aluminium canopies above the main entrance doors.

The fenestration is more expansive at the rear of the houses where the internal spaces are opened up to the garden through the use of wide folding doors to both the ground floor kitchen diner and the first floor lounge.

The end gables are expressed through parapet walls and chimney forms which are also used to bridge the step in the terrace between plot 2 and three. The parapet walls are finished with an artificial stone coping which matches the string course to the front elevation and over the rear ground floor folding doors.


  • Winner of Best Small New Housing Development at LABC North East and Yorkshire Awards 2018