Working alongside eco-Architects, Ecotecture, to develop the design concept and advise on landscape and visual matters relating to this innovative new dwelling in the countryside, designed and subsequently approved against paragraph 55 of the NPPF. This involved engagement and collaborative working with the Local Planning Authority Urban Design Officer and Design Panel from the outset to ensure ongoing support of the emerging design.
The scheme consent was granted not only on the basis of outstanding architectural design but on the innovative nature of the proposal (including meeting the NZEB standards, incorporating PV and Tesla storage batteries, heat pump technology and ecological measures) and the sensitivity of the scheme to the defining characteristics of the local area. The scheme is designed to read as a low land-hugging built form which responds to the site’s topography and sits at a pivotal location between existing ‘parkland’ style landscape to the north and a more naturalistic grassland to the south.
The building was located to minimise tree loss and also allow for spectacular views out across the Weald to the South Downs. The design of the built form and detailing of the hard landscape takes inspiration from the same fragmented tectonic forms found in the landscape and rock formations of the Weald, both the hard and soft design scheme seeking to ‘anchor’ the building into the landscape through the careful detailing of thresholds and creation of an attractive and useable setting to the building.
HBA are now retained by the main contractor, Beattie Passive, to prepare technical design information and specification of the hard and soft landscape.
Client: Private individual and subsequently Beattie Passive