Church Lane


A derelict, pre-war concrete house was demolished to make way for this new three storey house (with maisonette and a ground floor flat) in a beautiful location next to the medieval parish church in Royston.

Many of the properties in this area are listed so the planners required a sympathetic building constructed in traditional materials. The difficulties of building cavity walls in flint-work, while meeting modern building requirements and high levels of insulation, were overcome by the use of cavity walls with an outer skin of prefabricated flint blocks with wavy joints to help mask the pointing lines; one of the first uses of this innovative building material. The red brick, clay tile roof and white timber cladding are also typical of this area of Royston and the use of ‘cathedral’ style glazing maximises views of the west end of the church.