Tree House vision becomes reality

PUBLISHED: 15:55 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:36 27 April 2017

The Tree House

The Tree House


A landmark home will be a lasting legacy to a Suffolk architect

A house designed by one of Suffolk’s top architects is about to be constructed, four months after his death in November last year, aged 39.

Before he died, Mark Savin, who lived with his wife Sarah in Bury St Edmunds, came up with plans for a building called The Tree House on a one-acre site in Great Barton.

Now that the plans have been approved, local company Bakers Construction is about to build the property, after which it will be sold by regional estate agent Bedfords, with an asking price of £1.25m.

Bedfords Partner Emmerson Dutton said: “The Tree House will be a fitting tribute to Mark and his work. It’s a unique and individual home which will be a lasting legacy to a remarkable man. He was a gifted and talented architect, passionate about his projects, as well as his TVR sports car and the Danish toy bricks, Lego. His memory will live on in this building, which is now on the point of construction.”

The Tree House will be a three storey property, covered externally with cherry wood cladding, and with views of the historic woodland in which it is set from all sides. The clever design means that the main body of the living accommodation is on the highest level, with the living areas and kitchen/breakfast room on the second floor.

The three bedrooms occupy the mid-floor, served by two bathrooms. The ground-floor entrance to the property has immediate access to a boot/utility room, cloakroom and study. There are terraces and planters at every level.

Great Barton is a much-favoured village because of its close proximity to Bury St Edmunds, a mere three miles away. The village itself has a shop and post office, as well as a garage, church and primary school Emmerson explained:

“The brief for The Tree House was clear from the outset - to ensure the house owner was lost amongst the outstanding woodland plot with every view from the living accommodation forming part of the canopy of ancient trees. Mark was incredibly passionate about contemporary design and sustainable living, and his excitement was clearly felt by those that worked alongside him.”

Mark, who was president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in Suffolk and president elect of RIBA in the eastern region when he died, had founded his own firm Infinity Architects in 2014, with friend of 16 years Aoife O’Gorman. He had spent the last year living his life to the full after recovering from a mountain-biking crash in August 2015.

Emmerson added: “Mark Savin was a kind and gifted individual who was taken from us far too soon. But his vision will live on in this stunning property, which when finished will not only be one of the most incredible in Suffolk, but also the whole of the UK.”

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