Exploiting your clients' assets is not usually a wise strategy

JCA Team:
Rory Duncan, Adrian Dadswell
Project Design Team:
Johnston Cave Associates (Architects) Mike Hammond (Structural Engineer) 
David Keyte (Planning consultant) 
Principal contractor: Client’s own workforce
Project type:
New Build
Location:
Oxfordshire
Project year: 2009

Our task was to replace the existing swimming pool and changing room with a new infinity pool and leisure facilities. To be included were a pool terrace, hot tub and a new pool house with changing and kitchen facilities, plant room and storage. 

The work was a further phase in our ongoing works to the Grade II main house, its associated courtyards and outbuildings which we were rapidly turning into a comfortable country house.

The challenge was to create a simple, elegant and modest building that met the brief but would look in keeping within its sensitive landscape and listed building context. 

An additional challenge was to teach the clients’ polish workforce to build in traditional brickwork and the intricacies of Flemish Bond which they had never done before. 

To execute the project we have no shame in admitting that we saw and fully exploited a dramatic fall in levels across our clients’ site. It meant they could have the pool and pool house alongside the existing tennis court with the plant room and storage out-of-sight and semi-underground below the pool house and accessed from the lower level. 

The raised level for the pool and terrace allowed for splendid views across the Thames Valley from the hot tub and infinity pool edge. 

A wise strategy indeed.