Kingsdown Park


Kingsdown Park is a project for a contemporary, large luxury one-off family home.

The site is located in the historic, fishing harbour town of Whitstable, in Kent.

The existing site had a dated bungalow that had been extensively extended twice already. This created a poor layout that did not work with modern expectations of the luxury home our client desired.

As an architectural approach, Urban & Rural have looked at keeping the existing building fabric, and work with it as much as we could. We decided to take this approach as we believe the sustainable re-use of our existing building stock is the most sustainable way of construction.

The embodied energy used in the wasteful demolition of a structure. This could be said to be incredibly wasteful and not very sustainable. While this approach added an additional restraint, we took the challenge on.

The proposed scheme looks to erect a light-weight timber framed structure on and over the existing building. By doing this we are able to provide a well-insulated, enhanced building fabric to the new home, over doubling the size of the originally extended building.

The scheme is a contemporary take on the traditional fishing huts found within the harbour town.

Full planning was approved under delegated powers. The approved scheme will provide over 210m2/2,260ft2 of accommodation.

The project was fully detailed in-house with a formal building pack of information produced. Urban & Rural carried out a tender process to achieve the best price for our client and administrated a formal building contract, the project is now complete.

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