Project Church Hill
Location Charing, Kent
Client Citi Nests Ltd
Having worked on a series of projects with this developer, PBA were approached to consider the options to develop an area of private garden land adjacent to a small brook.
In keeping with the surrounding properties, we proposed a ‘tandem’ development of two chalet bungalows; one set behind the other. We ensured that the property positioned to the front of the site externally reflected the character and styles of surrounding properties, with traditional features such as the chimney stack and dormer windows. We contrasted this with more contemporary internal elements such as the open plan kitchen/dining/living area.
The second property is set towards the back of the site, suggesting a secondary position to the other. We furthered this idea through the use of simple materials and detailing such as the mixture of black and light timber cladding to present it as a modern interpretation of surrounding agricultural buildings; as almost an out-building of the other bungalow.
Both properties offer modern living, with open plan kitchen/dining/living areas as well as good levels of natural light and access to the garden. They both feature three bedrooms, one of which is located on the ground floor. We designed the homes with a commitment to a carbon neutral state, through the inclusion of elements such as electric car charging points, and south-facing solar panels.
For this project, we provided advice on the feasibility, taking on board the planning policy and site setting. We developed various drawn option proposals and acted as project lead which included the co-ordination of other consultants and necessary reports. In the initial stages of the project over half the site was deemed undevelopable due to the high flood risk. We worked alongside a team of civil engineers and surveyors to map the site and carry out a detailed river model which demonstrated that the majority of site was at a reduced flood risk level.