Windwhistle, Claygate, Esher, Surrey


Mr & Mrs A Wingfield


Hanse Haus



Windwhistle was originally a typical suburban bungalow which had been extended and altered through the years. Initially a scheme was put to the clients to extend and alter the existing dwelling, however it soon became clear that to maximize the potential of the site and create a warm, modern and contemporary home that the original dwelling needed to be knocked down and a new dwelling built.

Planning permission was originally secured for alterations and extension, then a further application was submitted to demolish the existing dwelling and rebuild new. Pre-application negations were held with the Local Planning Authority and the neighbours and as a consequence, planning approval was granted quickly and with no complications.

When considering the new build, due to the client’s personal circumstances, the design, the site and cost of moving into temporary accommodation it was decided to research the timber frame and prefabricated options. Paul Myers from BBH had already spent several days in Germany with German house builder Hanse Haus researching their product for another client and therefore opened a discussion with them.

Hanse Haus were able to produce a prefabricated home in their German factory to the design prepared by BBH. BBH accompanied the client on a two day trip to Germany to both see their factory, but also to specify all the fixtures and fittings within the dwelling. Soon after this the production drawings were signed off and the build began.

Demolition of the existing dwelling commenced in March 2012 and with the foundations and slab ready Hanse Haus arrived in early May. Paul Myers oversaw the initial construction of the Ground Floor walls on days 1 and 2, the first floor construction on days 2 and 3, the first floor walls on day 3 and 4 and the roof started on day 4 before returning to Devon. In approximately a week the building was watertight and internal finishes and services could commence.

The completed building was handed back to the clients on the 17th August 2012 just 14 weeks and 4 days after Hanse had started on site.

As much as possible of the building is fabricated in Germany and arrives in as few arctic deliveries as possible. Clients are able to specify all the internal and external fixtures and fittings from the extensive range offered by Hanse, with the exception of the kitchen which was sourced in the UK.


BBH Chartered Architects Ltd
9 Duke Street
Devon TQ6 9PY


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