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Bees Hive, Olney



Date of Completion

November 2007



Project Brief

Our brief was to design a new highly individual bespoke home which accentuated its countryside views to the South and was highly sustainable.

Project Details

The southern orientation was ideal for passive forms of energy collection including solar panels, photovoltaic cells and geothermal energy. The house is designed with air collection and emission points at opposite ends of the roof so that the house is heated and cooled using heat recovery and passive stack systems. 

It has been designed with a traditional form and elevation to the road. The rear elevation to the south retains the overall traditional form but makes greater use of glass and timber with overhanging / verandah elements overlooking the river and country park.


We commissioned DCa to design a substantial private dwelling of more than 4,000 square feet in Olney. The commission included outline design, planning negotiation and permission, detailed design and project administration.

We were extremely happy with the service provided by DCa. The staff were technically very competent, a fact which was proven by the successful conclusion of what was a very challenging design brief.

During the build programme we felt fully supported by DCa who were very prompt in resolving the inevitable site issues.

We have no reservation in recommending DCa.

- Client Testimonial

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