project name: Chalk Ridge
location: Guildford, Surrey
type: residential
client: Private Client
value: Undisclosed

The site is located within the local Green Belt, a Conservation Area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an Area of Great Landscape Value.

Due to significant changes in level across the site the land was re-profiled in order to maximise the views from the main living spaces but also to provide easy vehicle access to the site. The living room and kitchen / diner space both open out onto first floor terraces which are angle to face the stunning views across the Surrey Hills.

The projecting study at second floor level provides views of the kitchen and dining area as well as elevated views across the landscape.  In order to maximise natural daylight into the rear of these rooms a curved structural glass spine ridge was developed which allows the sun to backlight the rear walls to these main spaces. At night the ridge is lit creating a stunning feature along the length of the house.  The lower level accommodates the five bedrooms. Three en-suite bedrooms are located on the western side each with reading bay windows facing the views. The master suite with dressing and en-suite is to the east, with guest accommodation behind. This floor also includes a large cinema room and family games room.

The house has been voted Winner of the Guildford Borough Council Design Awards for 2011-2013 by a panel of regional Architects and Landscape Architects and is also a winner of the RIBA South / South East Architecture Awards 2014.

Latest Happenings

  • Birds Hill Road Site Progress

    Birds Hill Road Site Progress

    Ground and first floor slabs have now been cast, blockwork external walls constructed. Roof timbers are due to be installed over the next week. Watertight by Christmas.

  • Catherine's Walk Wins GDA 2017

    Catherine's Walk Wins GDA 2017

    Catherine’s Walk on Chestnut Avenue in Guildford won a Commendation in the Guildford Design Awards 2017.  The second time SCd have been winners in the Guildford Design Awards.

  • Farnham Road

    Working with Levanter Developments, planning has been achieved under Delegated powers for this residential scheme of 14 contemporary apartments on Farnham Road in the centre of Guildford.  Construction is now well underway

    Farnham Road
  • Alvaston


    Working closely with Levanter Developments planning has just been secured on this 4 storey apartment building in Guildford town centre.  The scheme is comprised of fourteen 1 and 2 bed apartments including undecroft car parking.

  • Filming at Chalk Ridge

    Filming at Chalk Ridge

    UPDATE: This aired on the 6pm ITV News on the 16th September. You can watch it again by following this link (towards the bottom of the page).

    Local ITV News selected 5 of the RIBA South / South East Architectural Awards Finalist to appear on TV and Chalk Ridge was amongst those 5. Steve spent a very sunny day explaining how the final design evolved and extolling the virtues of a great architect / client relationship.

  • Catherine’s Walk Guildford

    Construction works are nearing completion at Catherine Walk in Guildford

    Catherine’s Walk Guildford
  • 2014 RIBA Manser Medal

    SCd have been selected from the winners of the Reginal RIBA Awards 2014 to appear on the longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal.

    "The 2014 RIBA Manser Medal longlist reveals the most innovative, sustainable and beautiful new homes to have been completed in the past year. The exciting line-up is a testimony to the wonderful talent and achievements of some of the UK’s best architects."  RIBA President Stephen Hodder.

    2014 RIBA Manser Medal
  • Chalking Up Awards

    Chalking Up Awards


    Online article with pictures and a video interview with Steve and Briege can be found on the getsurrey website by clicking here

    Feature length article in the local newspaper The Surrey Advertiser.  Chalk Ridge does the double!

  • Chalk Ridge appears in the AJ

    Chalk Ridge appears in the AJ

    Chalk Ridge has appeared in the AJ along with other condenders for the RIBA Awards 2014.

  • Winning night at RIBA South East

    Winning night at RIBA South East

    Chalk Ridge was announced as an Award winner at the RIBA Regional Awards Ceremony held in Weybridge on the 8th May. Our clients joined us for the evening to celebrate the success that was bestowed on their new home.

    Chalk Ridge now becomes a double award winner.

    Winning night at RIBA South East