Hellifield Peel in North Yorkshire was a ruin for over 60 years until its re-construction into a large country house. Dating from the 14th Century the castle and scheduled ancient monument has been developed in close collaboration with English Heritage due to its historical importance. The project was the first scheduled ancient monument post World War II to be brought back into residential use and was followed closely by Channel 4’s Grand Designs. The development has also been a test case for many similar projects across the country.
The completed house includes a contemporary self-contained apartment within the roof with views over the surrounding countryside and more traditional rooms to the lower floors. As part of the sustainable strategy a ground source heat pump was incorporated within the grounds that supplies all the hot water needs for the house.