Since 1983, Building Design Northern Ltd (BDN) has been providing the North East and surrounding regions with architectural, structural engineering and project management services that push the boundaries in sustainability, innovation and aesthetics.
One of its most recent residential developments, Spire View, located on the expansive vista of hilltop at Humbledon Hill, Sunderland, offers homeowners the highest standards in contemporary sustainable living by utilising modern methods of construction.
Due to the site being located on an ancient monument dating back to the Bronze Age, BDN had to ensure compliance with all relevant planning requirements throughout every stage of the build.
The result, eight functional family homes that will utilise natural building materials throughout all aspects of their construction, from beautiful wildflower living roofs to Siberian Larch cladding on the interior ceilings and exterior walls. All of the homes will feature tree-lined gardens to seamlessly blend into the rural landscape, while simultaneously offering increased privacy that will not detract from the overarching sense of community.
The ground floor will house up to five bedrooms, with a family bathroom and ensuite for the master bedroom. The first floor will offer a spacious, open plan living area that features a contemporary kitchen, dining area and living space to sit back and relax. As the houses are embedded into the hillside, the interior layout has been designed to offer panoramic views in all directions from the first floor.
As part of the site’s modern method of construction, BDN is specifying Hörmann UK’s innovative timber internal doors, which utilise a European method of installation. The doorset comprises of a matching door leaf and wrap-around frame, with factory fitted hinges, locks and latches. The frame itself also incorporates a liner, architrave and stops, with a pre-fitted peripheral seal for a complete system that is both safe and secure.
The door sets are also fully finished, so no decorating is required after fitting – a key deciding factor for BDN when selecting the internal doors.
Rick Marsden, Managing Director of BDN, said:
“Sustainable construction is at the very heart of all we do at BDN, we are committed to providing the highest standards in contemporary living, with environmental approaches adopted throughout all elements of the build.
“However, it’s imperative the overall functionality and aesthetics of the properties aren’t hindered, which is why we are specifying durable building materials that are manufactured to the highest finish. Hörmann UK’s timber and glazed internal doors are the perfect fit for this scheme, utilising a unique approach to manufacturing that provides a resilient, high quality finish in a single installation.”
Hörmann UK’s stylish DesignLine Concepto Ultra Matt internal doors with anthracite grey or white frames have so far been specified throughout two plots, featuring a range of door leaves including white lacquer and clear glazing with matte stripes. The glazed doors have been fitted in the utility areas of the properties to maximise all available natural light, featuring a nano-coating that minimises finger marks for a first class finish.
Hörmann UK’s ultra matt grey door leaf, which can be used as a chalkboard, has also been chosen in one property to add a contemporary, playful addition to the home’s interior, making it an ideal choice for families.
The Ultra Matt doors feature a Duradecor laminate finish, which is impact and abrasion-resistant, providing outstanding aesthetics and longevity, while also minimising any potential damage to the surface.
Mark Lester, Internal Door Manager for Hörmann UK, said:
“We are extremely proud to be a supplier for BDN’s standout development here in Sunderland. 22 of our durable and stylish internal timber and glazed doors have so far been installed quickly and easily throughout two plots and we are working closely with Rick’s team at every stage of construction for the remaining six plots.
“Our timber internal doors offer the highest standards in quality and efficiency and are manufactured to require only one stage of installation, in keeping with the modern method of construction. We look forward to a long relationship with BDN as we work together on future projects.”
For more information on Hörmann UK’s range of timber internal doors call 01530 516850 or visit www.hormann.co.uk/home-owners-and-renovators/doors/residential-internal-doors.