McHugh Stoppard Architecture has won planning permission for two luxury four-bed houses on Quarry Street in the south Liverpool suburb of Woolton.
The £5m project by a private client who did not wish to be named will replace one existing bungalow with two homes, each with a floor area in excess of 5,000 sq ft, including a basement swimming pool complex with gym, steam room and Jacuzzi.
The houses will use traditional local materials including red sandstone that at one time was quarried in the area. The design details have been deliberately pared-down and kept simple, as has the palette of materials which consists of white render, red sandstone and burnished bronze.
Michael Young, project principal at McHugh Stoppard, said "This was a very contentious site and several architects' designs had been refused planning permission previously. The challenge for McHugh Stoppard was to double the density of the site, whilst retaining its 'secret garden' quality and we have managed to achieve this, and meet both the clients' and the planners' requirements."
The area of south Liverpool already contains several bespoke homes including Oak Farm, a conversion and extension by architects Shed KM for Jonathan Falkingham, chief executive of Urban Splash, in neighbouring Allerton. Oak Farm won a RIBA Award in 2005.
The Woolton project is due to start on site before the end of the year.