Margaret Olley, Bishops Court c.1970
Bishops Court occupies a significant estate in the heart of Newcastle’s city centre. As the name suggests, the property was previously home to the bishops of the Anglican Diocesan Council of Newcastle.
The site is of significant heritage value and as such all additions are centred around being sympathetic to its context. The garage and storage building are partially submerged into the site with their proportions derived from the golden section and aligned with the axis of the ‘tower of light’ located on site’s corner.
The rear addition and internal works navigate heritage constraints, retaining the original character of the bishops palace and ensuring that all new additions provide a contrast to the heritage elements rather than imitate: strengthening the presence of each.