This residential property is designed to use very little energy, and will be constructed on the shores of Hollingworth Lake on the outskirts of Littleborough near Rochdale.

A combination of solar orientation, ground-source heat pumps and photo-voltaic panels, combined with excellent insulation standards and careful use of thermal mass, will substantially reduce the operational energy consumption of the dwelling.

The design takes advantage of the sloping site by positioning the main entrance at mid-level. The protruding double garage frames an inviting courtyard, which leads to a double-height glazed entrance lobby.

The external materials have been selected to complement each other and engineer a nautical flavour. The most distinctive feature is the angular zinc-clad mono-pitch roof which is supported by slender timber columns and extends beyond the double height south facing glazed fa├žade to provide solar shading to prevent internal over-heating in summer months.