Originally two buildings linked only by access through two utility rooms on the ground floor and through two bed rooms on the first floor.
The courtyard created by the L shape of these blocks is south facing and has fine long views out across the Windrush Valley.
A quarter-circle kitchen extension in the angle between the two blocks , coupled with a high level walkway solves many of the original issues of circulation and orientation.
The need for a corridor at ground level is avoided by re-locating the kitchen into the heart of the plan, moving the whole focus of the building to address the private sunny face and views.
The tower was added above the existing stair well to provide a vertical lynch pin to the composition, and because most buildings are improved by having a tower.