Two houses, nicknamed “Narnia” houses on a sensitive site in Portslade have been given permission in principle by Brighton Council. The planners would like changes, but generally accept that two houses on this Portslade site are acceptable. April 2013
Designate Design have completed a glass roofed extension, in the face of opposition from the local planning authority and handed over the project, fully built and beautiful! It has been a great project, results exceed expectations. February 2013
The competition is fierce! Designate Design are engaged in a competion to win the contract to design a pair of houses in Portslade near Brighton, for a local client. There are five local architects in the running! Its a challenging site with restrictions.
n Summer 2012 Designate design were approached about a project for a pair of houses on land running through an avenue of trees in Portslade, Brighton. The avenue was an old drive for a manor house which had subsequebntly been demolished, and a block of flats stood in its place.
Its a challenging site, with restrictions because of schools to either side, and the need to be sensitive to nature, including an old badger sett. We responded with a proposal that took into account the needs of the neighbourhood, and which achieves a high level of sustainibility.
There is a 30 degree monopitched roof for exposure to sun for photovoltaics. The entrance elevation is a completely glass facade. There is flint knapping as a detail, a traditional Brightonian material. The ‘app was submitted in Jan ’13, and in principle permission has been given.
In 2010 a private client approached Designate Design about an extension in a walled courtyard built outwards from the ground floor of a converted Victorian building. During the concept stage the client confirmed that she wanted a glass roof. In conversations with the planning dept. they required a non transparent roof.
Designate Design submitted a proposal to the planning dept with a glass roof, along with an analysis from a lighting supplier which proving there would be less light pollution in the courtyard with the proposed glass roof. A further complication came from an attempt by the freeholders of the adjoining building.
They required a large amount of money to use the party wall, for which there was no budget. We helped the client circumvent this through negotiation. After we got planning approval, which included the glas roof, building control drawings were also successfully submitted. The extension is now built and is beautiful.