Fulbeck Avenue Urban-fringe housing

Location:Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3RS.

Description:Residential development of the former Fulbeck Pub car park to form 5 new build houses.

Client:Confidential.

Approximate Cost:Confidential.

The Fulbeck Avenue Urban-fringe housing scheme represents the first phase of a development of a former pub car park on the fringes of Worthing and Goring. The six semi-detached and detached properties have a rural aesthetic to address the positioning and mediation between the suburban and rural location. Flint walls and larch cladding are naturally weathered to form a robust and natural palette to blend and complement the existing verdant landscape.

Key design principles:

  • ¬†The former tarmac carpark had little ecological and biodiversity value and it was a key consideration to improve the site that acts as an buffer between the urban to the rural. As a result, it was proposed to adopt all opportunities for ecological enhancement; Wildlife planting, Wildflower areas, Log piles
  • Landscaped buffers have been introduced to soften the edge between the gardens, road and adjoining feilds. The proposed planting scheme to boundary and gardens includes native shrubs and perennials along with the preservation of a number of mature native trees, including oaks and ashes.
  • Swift boxes per dwelling will be placed at roof level to encourage biodiversity on site.
  • Bee bricks per dwelling will be incorporated within the parapet walls adjoining the green roofs.
  • Bat boxes per dwelling will be incorporated at roof level.
  • The location at the fringe of the built up area has informed the aethetic of the proposal with reffences to rural architectural typologies, names barns and storage sheds. This has extended to the external material cladding which is locally sourced larch and traditional flint plinths.
  • Hard landscaping has been minimised and free draining hoggin has been used for the primary shared driveway – it is an easy material to excavate should additional services be required and can be replaced without any wasted materials.
  • External walls and glazing are highly insulated with a central Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) system providing effecient, sustainable heating and hot water throughout.

The Fulbeck Avenue Urban-fringe housing has developed a n unused brownfield site to form sensitive, rural  contemporary residential housing within a fringe setting.

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