”... a feeling for the process being an interactive one, involving the changes going on in the people as well as the house ... able to work patiently with people who have little experience of carrying out major changes to a house, who do not really know what the process is going to be like.”
Improving the energy efficiency of heritage buildings is always a challenge, but Hawton Mead found ways of dealing with damp and introducing energy-saving measures in this grade 2* manor house.
For a mixed development in London, Hawton Mead worked with an architect, developer and associated team, not merely to meet the local council’s stringent energy requirements, but to reduce energy demand and carbon emissions by a further 20%.
Working with Turner Associates architects, planning permission was obtained for a small family home in the rear garden of a detached house in Hove. It was not possible to achieve Code for sustainable homes level 5 in this instance as the vernacular of the new house had to tie in with the vernacular of the existing houses in the road.
Hawton Mead worked with Turner Associates Architects to gain planning permission for City Park, a residential development in Brighton and Hove. Our design was a finalist in Integrated Design's 2010 Competition, in which the judges admired the elegant way in which a green roof was incorporated into "a very well mannered scheme that would fit well into an existing residential neighbourhood".
When Maria Hawton-Mead bought her Victorian terraced house in Brighton, it was in a grisly state - no central heating and orange shag pile carpet! But a five-month eco-refurbishment project turned this leaky, cold and energy-hungry house into a warm, attractive, low-energy home that’s cheap to run.