Branksome Woods

Extension, Refurbishment + Alterations 

Poole, Dorset

Set within a Bournemouth conservation zone; Branksome Woods provided the challenge of designing additional, modern space for a growing family whilst respecting sensitive contextual conditions. 

Footprint Architects responded by continuing the existing roofline across the property, providing an extra two bedrooms whilst also allowing the proposal to blend seamlessly with the properties existing form, whilst breathing new life into the look of the dated building. 

On the ground floor, the kitchen and dinning area were re-organised and extended out from the property in a brick form that exhibits views of the garden, with an alternative contrasting timber rear entrance to provide improved access to the house from the drive and garage. 

The design changes have transformed the quality and functionality of Branksome Woods, providing modern additional space, with a minimal impact on the surrounding context.

The project was completed in November 2017. 


We engaged the team at Footprint to design and plan our extension in 2017. We had been told by various people in advance that it would be a challenging job due to the site location and access. In addition, while my wife and I had a general idea about wanting an extension, we had no clear ideas on how to fit in all our requirements into one build. Footprint immediately understood our project and their very first design was beyond what we could have imagined. Of the architects we invited to pitch for our project Footprint’s response was by far the most comprehensive. The level of detail was incredible and allowed us to give potential builders a very precise specification. We believe it was this attention to detail that meant our project was completed exactly to time and exactly on budget. Our experience with Footprint demonstrated that a good architect can not only design your dream house, but they can save you time and stress as well! – Client, Private House

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