• Project in Eastbourne

    Eastbourne Arts and Crafts Residential Extension and Refurbishment

    Shape Architecture is working through a full house refurbishment project in Eastbourne, East Sussex

    The building sits in a circular Close, was built as an Arts and Crafts development in early 20th Century and replicates Tudor styling. The buildings all face onto the centre and thus each other. The Close’s unusual and interesting character with an increased frontage, has placed this property as a heritage asset, with an Article 4 certification.

    Planning approval for a scheme was granted previously and was successful in achieving a level of development to the property, but this was not in accordance with the client’s preference. The visual aesthetic and similarly in how the extra space was utilised did not appeal to the clients’ needs. A new scheme sees the introduction of a rear extension which matches the roof form and mass of the existing building. A side extension forms an area to hold a kitchen space with the rear of the property now serving living and dining. The circulation of the free spaces works especially with the ground floor and has a good mix between open plan and ‘snug’ spaces.

    The proposal also sees the introduction of three-storey extension to the front entrance space and a new WC with storage in the main entrance hall. On the first floor the additional floor area is used as a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. on the second floor, a new shower room is introduced.

    For all the pitch roof sections, roof lights are used. this adds a feeling of light throughout the whole property.

    External work and landscaping is proposed, to add create an inside/outside living experience. The proposed components themselves all have distinct features. The new intervention seeks to retain this sense of variety in the building while still offering some interesting open space. The proposal now takes this building into becoming a family home for life in a distinctive and quiet part of Eastbourne.

    Shape architecture has a wealth of experience working with listed buildings and buildings with heritage assets. The process typically centres on introducing modern intervention while keeping character. There is always a chance to add some variety in all residential redevelopment. When a building has a level of character, the emphasis is on enhancing what is already of interest and elevating areas to work with 21st century family living.

    The dialogue with planning and heritage departments, specifically in this case, highlight the need for all parties to seek to improve the local area and surroundings, as well as provide for the client’s personal needs. In these discussions, it’s common to be able to understand the ethos of design and core planning principles from the point of view the council. Similarly, in our experience, the council is also receptive and open to more contemporary design providing character is retained. This attitude is welcome and we always seek to work with the planning and heritage department as well as the client to facilitate a scheme that satisfies all parties.

    If you are considering improving an existing property; Shape Architecture are happy to work with you to create your dream home. Shape Architecture work on projects of all sizes from small to large across London and the Southeast.