One Hove Park, Old Shoreham Road, Brighton and Hove
Client: Hyde Housing
One Hove Park is class leading and popular residential scheme in Hove, East Sussex. As architects we are often focusing on achieving a planning consent in this case at the first attempt. However we were also very keen to ensure that the apartments were quality homes for the future residents.
Therefore all of the homes were of a generous size with well-planned layouts with plenty of storage and well positioned rooms. Importantly all living rooms have a South facing aspect and most bedrooms are located to the quieter rear of the property.
With its position between two parks we felt it was imperative that we had a landscape design that acted as green link between the two. We worked with landscape designer Nicholas Dexter to create a major feature of the scheme with both individual gardens and a stunning communal garden.
The green approach continued as we designed the large balconies to have chambers against the glass screens specifically sized for grow bags. This and other initiatives ensured food growing opportunities to be an inherent part of the new community.
Despite being an urban location, we had live badger setts within the site! We engaged a brilliant ecologist. The design incorporated the setts within a wildlife area whilst also adding bug hotels, bird boxes and planting to encourage bees.
To maximise the sustainability of the build we adopted a fabric first design where we super-insulated the building to ensure very low energy usage. Photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof to power the communal areas. Likewise our landscape designer worked on recycling water and reusing the old bricks from the existing building.
Within months of being completed the project was fortunate to win two major design awards and has been a popular addition to the area.
- Achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 through fabric first approach.
- Biodiverse garden with wild planting.
- On site badger setts retained and incorporated into wildlife corridor.
- Balconies designed with grow bag channels to encourage food growing.
- Extensive solar panel array on rooftops.
Images by Jim Stephenson