In order to preserve the massive quantities of resources used to create two concrete Lancashire water tanks, Bishopsrock Properties commissioned a design to transform them into homes. Manchester-based Ian Simpson Architects rose to the challenge with these beautiful green-roofed country homes that not only have an impressively low carbon footrpint, but also promote biodiversity in Barnacre-with-bonds, near Garstang in North Lancashire.
The rolling green roofs are comprised of native grasses that insulate the building and ensure that it fits unobtrusively within the rest of the site. Roof lights keep the building well-lit during the day, while evening electricity needs are provided by photovoltaic panels. Ground sources will heat the home, which will derive much of its energy efficiency from superior insulation.
The now-defunct water tanks (which are in excellent condition) will be transformed into two contemporary country homes designed to promote tourism and boost the local economy. With fully glazed front elements, neither the six bedroom house nor the two bedroom cottage will experience excess solar gain. This stunning and deeply sustainable design is well on its way to becoming a lovely, rolling green reality.