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Rural Land Development  – Tailored Architecture

Realise the potential of your rural land holdings.

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We enjoy working with land owners, individual clients, and boutique developers to realise the potential of your rural land holdings in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, and Lincolnshire, while creating contemporary energy-efficient housing.


As an experienced architect and certified Passive House designer, we guide you through the design process from the initial site appraisals, feasibility and sustainable design studies, energy-efficient home design from conception to completion, obtaining planning consent, to detailed technical design and construction phase contract management. Throughout the design process, we manage a fully tailored design team ranging from Structural Engineers and Landscape Architects to Ecologists to realise the potential of your site and aspirations.

Rural Development Opportunities

Land development in a rural setting is complex and requires a thoughtful approach to realise its full potential. Current planning policy allows routes for controlled rural development outside a defined settlement. These are risky however working with Tailored Architecture it is possible to unlock these types of sites. 

If you have a site or existing building in mind contact us for a no-obligation initial meeting.

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Design of exceptional and innovative isolated new build houses in rural settings. Raising the quality of residential architectural design.

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Design of highly sustainable houses in non-isolated locations outside of a defined settlement boundary. Raising the bar in housing design and responding directly to the locality.

Residential Repurposing of Redundant Infrastructure

Low-energy conversions of redundant infrastructure. Including Class Q permitted development, barn coversions, farmyards, pump houses, electrical sub-stations, and telephone exchanges to name a few.

How we use low-energy and Passive House principles realise the potential of your rural land holdings.

Sustainability is the bedrock of Tailored Architecture’s design, construction, and development process.


We have adopted these six design principles, derived from Passive House, in every project we undertake to deliver energy-efficient and light-touch environmental homes.

Building form

Building form is always derived directly from the site context, with considerations taken to minimise the overall surface area of the thermal envelope. A dense and efficient form and massing reduces the heat loss minimising the required heat demand and emissions.

Solar access

Solar gains are considered to maximise the winter warmth available reducing overall heat demand. Careful design of window openings and potential solar shading in the form of sliding screens and horizontal canopies will be deployed to reduce risks of overheating in summer. Natural ventilation will be use for summer time cooling avoiding the use of mechanical comfort cooling.

Fabric first

All buildings are designed with enhanced building fabric to lower the required heating demand, also coupled with airtightness to further reduce heat losses. This allows for a smaller heating plant to be installed reducing overall emissions.

Embodied carbon

Materials and construction methods where possible will be chosen to limit their embodied carbon emissions.

Low carbon heating systems and renewable technologies

Enhanced building fabric and careful inclusion of controlled solar access allows for the installation and operation of an low-carbon heating systems for example heat-pumps. This will reduce the overall heating impact of the proposed dwelling. Battery storage is to be considered to provide electrical storage reducing the impact of peak energy use.

Deconstruction and re-use

Consideration of the materials and construction methods used to allow for deconstruction and reuse in their current form. Reducing the disposal element of construction and energy intensive recycling processes.

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