Private Residence – Urmston, Trafford

Portfolio Description

Entwistle Avenue - Urmston, Trafford

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Urmston, Manchester

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220m² - 2,350Sqft

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Anticipated Cost

Anticipated £550k (2023)

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Services Provided

Sketch proposals, detailed planning drawings, detailed building regulations drawings and design team co-ordination

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52 Weeks

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Design & build contractor


PJH Architectural Services were appointed by our clients to assist in their new build dwelling project and produce proposals for a replacement dwelling in Urmston, Manchester. After recently purchasing the property along an elegant street in the heart of Urmston, our client was keen to see the potential of the dwelling. Having become run down through lack of maintenance over recent decades, the existing dwelling was in need of serious structural works in order to make it habitable; after discussing a series of options it became quickly apparent that the cost of the works would far outweigh the benefits upon completion, so it was collectively agreed that a new build dwelling was the most efficient and practical route to pursue. Our clients aspired for a ‘forever home’ that was fit for modern family living.


Internally, the proposal needed to reflect our client’s modern family lifestyle, contrasting social family spaces with cosy individual snug & private areas. Upon entry to the proposed dwelling a double height atrium provides instant impact, giving grandeur to the hallway and creating a spacious, light-filled entrance. This also creates a central focal point to the front elevation. A concealed cloakroom accessed directly off the hall provides the functionality and a clean aesthetic which is maintained throughout the new build dwelling. To the front of the property are the quiet rooms – the lounge and office spaces – overlooking the tree lined street beyond. Moving through the dwelling, the proposals look to create a contemporary family & entertaining area to the rear; an open plan kitchen, dining & snug area become the focal point of the dwelling, complete with floor to ceiling glazing to the rear overlooking the extensive garden beyond. Floor to ceiling timber louvres help to provide sophisticated separation & zoning within the entertaining space, creating a series of subtle, unique spaces. The ground floor is complete with functionality, with a utility-bootroom and a WC.

The proposals comprise of a 3-storey dwelling following a traditional programmatic approach – the ground floor providing the family areas while the bedrooms & private areas are located on the upper floors. Moving upstairs, a picture window atop the double height atrium immediately floods the hall with natural light, creating an inviting & open central core to the dwelling. 3 spacious bedrooms are accessed off of the first floor, as well as a sizable new family bathroom. The master bedroom faces the rear of the property, overlooking the garden through generous picture glazing, and is complete with a walk-in-wardrobe and en-suite with double vanity areas. The second floor comprises of two further bedrooms; these are both finished with generous walk-in-wardrobe & dressing areas as well as apex glazing to the rear. A second bathroom completes the 2nd floor.

Externals and Visuals

Despite a varying range of dwelling types and aesthetics along the street, the existing property sat within a cluster of similar detached dwellings and as such set a precedent for the exterior approach & design of the proposals. Externally, the proposals therefore sought to create a unique contemporary new build dwelling while referencing the materiality and design features within the surrounding context to provide a harmonious visual language within the street scene.

The front elevation provides a bold, double fronted approach to the property with two square bays – an homage to the bay on the original dwelling –  creating an elegant symmetry within the plot and amongst the surrounding dwellings on the street scene. Finished in a sharp white render as referenced along the street, the bays provide visual acuity while contrasting the reclaimed brickwork of the main dwelling. The front elevation is complete with a cantilevered central oak porch, creating a strong focal point entrance to the property, while retaining the desired symmetry. To the rear, the focus was on maximising the visual connectivity between our client’s new build dwelling internally and the natural gardens externally. The rear elevation creates a clean aesthetic, with subtle brick detailing surrounding the window & door openings providing elegant architectural flair amongst the crisp lines of the elevation. The striking features are found within the roof & second floor, where 3 pitched roof dormers overlook the rear garden. These, complete with apex glazing, maximise views out and provide an exquisite finish to the rear elevation.

Once the proposals were finalised, a series of visuals were produced in order to accompany the applications. Not only do these allow our client to start to see their project coming to life, but they assist in the planning process by providing planning officers and neighbours alike the opportunity to visualise the proposals to get a good understanding of how the project will improve the surrounding area with a true-to-life representation of the finished article.


Planning was submitted to Trafford Council on our client’s new build dwelling, accompanied by our detailed package of information inclusive of Design & Access Statement, Material Specifications and Ecologist & Arboriculturists surveys. Once planning is received, we will complete our comprehensive tender package of information. Collaborating with a team including structural engineers and arboriculturists, the tender package will allow the client to go out to tender to a range of local & north-west based contractors.

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If you need any advice on the first steps of designing and planning an external renovation project, extension or new build feel free to get in touch for a brief chat, we are here to help.


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