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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".
City Park is a development of seven low-level units, all achieving Code for Sustainable Homes level 5 and lifetime Homes Standards. The design includes a curved green wall linking single and double storey units in sympathetic organic form, and a chalk grassland roof. These features not only improve the biodiversity of the site and enhance the appearance of the building, but also make a significant contribution to energy efficiency. The green walls – climbing plants trained on to stainless steel frames – provide solar shading, while the green roof provides insulation. Site planting provides additional shading, and the green roof and walls mitigate the heat island effect of the building.