The Lodge at Broke Hall was designed by R. M. Phipson in an early Tudor style in c1859. A substantial extension was added late 20th century and connected by a glazed conservatory. It is not a designated heritage asset and this has perhaps led to the previous extension adding living and bedroom areas at a strange angle and at a much lower level than the original Lodge, disrupting the flow through the building.
Whilst Lodges might not be substantially extended nowadays, pre-application advice has accepted the principle of altering and extending the building in order to rectify the problems created by the current extension. The design proposal seeks permission for a complementary extension which re-uses the footings and ground floor structure of the current living room. It solves the balance and circulatory flow issues by creating a smaller mirrored element at a higher level to have a step-free connection between old and new.
The design demonstrates an understanding of its local landscape and more intimate character through a contemporary design layout and architectural solution. It proposes high quality materials and finishes, used in a distinctive way which sit complementary to the attractive ornamental nature of the original early Tudor design. Adding extra insulation and re-cladding the existing external walls, along with hidden photovoltaic panels will help reduce and offset the operational energy, and make the lodge more sustainable in the future.
The lodge is situated at the entrance to the park at Broke Hall, a Grade II* listed country house designed by James Wyatt in 1792, on the north bank of the River Orwell. This house was a substantial remodelling of an earlier house, and has now been converted into apartments.
The Lodge is at the western end of Broke Hall Park, designed by Humphrey Repton in the 18th century. The woodland around the lodge was likely planted to combat views to and from Orwell Park which sits at an elevated position to the west of the Hall.
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