Winner of the Built Heritage Category
Asknish House is an 18th century Georgian Palladian country house which has been shortlisted in the sustainable design and built heritage categories. After decades of being unoccupied the property was carefully restored using traditional building materials coupled with modern technology. The Architect on this project was Simpson and Brown Architects.
Conservation techniques have been deployed to save as much as possible of the original fabric. Where elements couldn’t be saved or had been lost exact copies of the originals were made. Skilled craftsmen were employed who are experienced in these traditional materials. At the same time modern technology was use to significantly improve the house’s energy efficiency. The walls are insulated with a lime and cork/aerogel plaster that is fully breathable and compatible with the thick stone walls. It has a whole house ventilation system to improve interior air quality, and reduce condensation and heat loss. It is heated by a biomass boiler using locally sourced woodchip.