”... 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.”
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.