Grafton New Hall
Grafton New Hall Country House, Cheshire
The estate comprised approximately 60 acres of land. The ground in the area holds water and the site is very wet. Ponds are thus a strong characteristic of the local landscape. With a view to aiding the drainage in and around the site, we decided to cut two water channels across the site from north to south, to form a dike of dry land between them, on which the house was to be built. The channels thus act as moats to the house, another local characteristic of the area. The house (1500m2) is essentially two wings joined together around an entrance courtyard. The southern and largest section of the house is for living and entertaining whereas the northern section is for the staff, utilities and office.
The Team: Frank Lyons, Laurence Rumble, Matt Lowther