Planning Success

Sheffield and Hope Valley based firm, Peak Architects, has received planning approval for a contemporary sub-terranean extension to a 19th Century Grade II listed property, Thickwood Lodge, set on the eastern edge of the Peak District National Park.

Originally constructed as a hunting lodge by the Duke of Rutland in the 19th century, the Lodge boasts a tower that was constructed as one of a pair and is a near identical to its counterpart, White Edge Lodge.

The proposals for this contemporary dwelling will see the lodge restored to its original glory having undergone a series of unsympathetic modifications and extensions in the 20th century.  As part of the proposals, the tower will be unwrapped from its current wrap-around extensions allowing the tower to stand proud within the landscape.

A lightweight glazed block lightly touches the tower, providing a link to a simple linear contemporary extension partially sunk into the landscape to minimise its visual impact and blend into the adjacent open moorland.

The extension provides extended family accommodation with a large open plan family room, orientated to maximise daylight and panoramic views across the surrounding Peak District moorland to Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire landscapes.



Isometric showing massing and scale of development in context to the original hunting lodge.

With sustainability at the heart of the scheme, this design proposes a ground source heat pump to provide low level heat and an energy efficient Mechanical Heat Recovery System (MVHR).  It also utilises high levels of insulation and triple glazing to minimise heat loss and control solar gain by minimising south facing openings and introducing brise soleil.  A packaged sewage treatment plant, water recycling and green roofs are also incorporated.

Peak Architects’ Director, Paul Holden, said:

“We are delighted with the successful planning outcome.  The scheme certainly challenged the planning and conservation officers’ initial expectations and it was through sheer perseverance and extensive collaboration with the Peak Parks Planning and Conservation Teams that this simple, elegant contemporary extension was approved.”



Peak Architects are delighted to have been appointed on an exciting project which will see a new restaurant and bar located in the old Natwest building in the heart of Hathersage.

After a difficult year of negotiations with the local Planning Authority and after a successful planning appeal, Peak Architects are to undertake the detailed design for both the Architectural and Interior Design services.

‘Bank House’ is expected to open in April 2018 and we can’t wait!

Great to see our latest Planning Approval for a conversion and extension in the Peak District being well received in the Press.


Hydro Stations achieve Planning Success

Following lengthy negotiations and consultation with the Environmental Agency; Historic England and the Peak Park Planning Team; unanimous planning approval was granted at committee for the installation of two new Archimedes screw hydro stations on the River Derwent at Chatsworth.

The stations will be positioned on the upper and lower weirs and have associated sluice gates and fish passes. Once operational the 2 hydropower schemes will generate 445,000kWh of renewable energy saving the equivalent of 350T of carbon emissions and providing approximately 25% of the estates current energy requirements.

To find out more please see our projects page

Chatsworth Hydro 01 (Main)