South downs Rural housing is formed of a proposal for 40 affordable housing units on a fringe rural site in the South downs, Sussex.

The site plan arrangement has been generated from an in-depth site analysis, policy driven housing mix requirements and the local architectural scale and density.

The key elements of the design are :

• Sensitive design approach to scale and density.
• Proposal for 100% affordable housing units, of mixed tenure.
• Biodiversity net gain with increase of green and planted areas to extant scheme.
• Improvement of surface water management with increase of SUDS areas with permeable pavers and planted roofs and extensive landscaping at all levels.
• Net zero carbon target compliant with ASHP, electric car charging, passive solar and Passivhaus standard design to maximise thermal efficiency.
• Incorporated landscape led design approach to respect the Rural context

• Protection of public footpath, with additional branches to link the houses to the broader context.
• Maintaining a tree buffer zone around the whole site.
• Designing the houses to the west of the site to fit within the existing landscaped bank.
• Setback properties from the street to reduce the visual impact and protect neighbouring amenity space.

The preliminary proposals examine the issues of increased rural housing costs and how a sensitively designed proposal can address the needs needs of local inhabitants.

Similar rural contemporary rural venacular:

Click here to view initial design proposal document and plans:

Landivar Architects were approached by Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club (BSLSC) to prepare an initial feasibility study for a new Surf Lifesaving Centre on Hove seafront.

The project aims were to provide much needed training facilities and kit storage for the club, incorporating increased sea safety education and improved beach and water accessibility for all the community.

The proposal went out for public consultation in July 2021 and is presently under review.