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Architectural Projects for Eco Buildings, Matlock, Derbyshire

Manning Holden Architects can offer sustainable design solutions which not only improve the energy performance of buildings by up to 80% but can also transform tired homes into desirable, energy efficient buildings.

Our commitment to modern, sustainable design and passion for the environment has led to our involvement in a wide variety of buildings, ranging from code 6 social housing, BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ luxury apartments, Retrofit for the future schemes, Eco- Churches, City Farms, Conservation projects and Schools.

In reducing the cost of energy, designing a home for the future requires a fundamental understanding of new materials, new technologies and modern design principles, which we can offer at competitive rates.

We can apply our principles to both traditional and modern style homes and buildings and will ensure that you are advised on all aspects of energy performance. We can also guide you on your choice of recycled materials should this be something you wish to consider. Options might range from simple ideas such as recycled kitchen work tops to something more recognisably sustainable such as the use of Hempcrete or rammed earth.

We consider projects of all sizes, ranging from the addition of a sedum roof on a garden shed to larger scale modifications and new build projects.


Timber frame home on River Derwent floodplain

Timber frame home on River Derwent floodplain

Design for a timber frame home sitting within meters of the River Derwent. The design is for a contemporary, timber frame add on to a historic property. The existing house was actually fabricated off site...

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Eco House, Dunkirk, France

Eco House, Dunkirk, France

This timber frame prefabricated house was built twice in 2008, once at Eco Build (Earls Court) and in Dunkirk, France. Anna worked on developing the zero carbon system, with detailed drawings and extensive...

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Welsh Terrace Eco Kit Home

Welsh Terrace Eco Kit Home

This design was shortlisted after being undertaken for a competition for RSAW (Royal Society of Architects in Wales). The zero carbon terrace takes the form of a pre-fabricated kit of parts. The kit includes...

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Self Sufficient Eco Cabin

Self Sufficient Eco Cabin

This is a design for a portable eco pod. It was set up to provide a unique off grid holiday experience within remote and rural locations in the UK. The eco pod consists of a glulam timber frame which holds...

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Emergency Eco Housing in Haiti

Emergency Eco Housing in Haiti

This sketch design was part of a quick competition entry for emergency housing in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. The design was for a flatpack kit of parts which could be delivered to site and...

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Eco House Renovation, Raynes Park, London

Eco House Renovation, Raynes Park, London

Raynes Park was a refurbishment project of an existing run- down 1960s council house. The client’s brief for an Eco- upgrade was met through the use of a ‘saw-tooth’ roof adaptation covered...

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Sustainable Masterplan, China

Sustainable Masterplan, China

A masterplan for a new Eco Village in China. Although a high density masterplan, requiring vehicular access, the idea was to create a rural, informal layout of houses, interrupted by communal allotments,...

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Sustainable Village Farm

Sustainable Village Farm

Design for a new city farm which engages with children and also with unemployed parents. The focus is to provide basic skills in the construction of small animal housing such as rabbit hutches / chicken...

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Zero Carbon Terraced Housing

Zero Carbon Terraced Housing

Design for a row of 6 zero carbon homes in Upton, Northampton. At the time, these homes were the first ‘for sale’ code 6 houses to be built in the uk. These homes use passive solar heating...

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