Project Oak Lane
Location Headcorn, Kent
Client Clarendon Homes Ltd
This project is situated in the village of Headcorn, near Maidstone, and involved the demolition of a vacant bungalow and the construction of two new detached chalet bungalows in its place.
The project aim was to maximise the site’s development potential, yet ensure the design would be successful in gaining planning permission.
It was important that the new bungalows complemented the surrounding architecture of the existing properties. We did this through the use of solid forms under pitched roofs, finished with vernacular materials and detailing. Traditional features such as the chimney stack and dormer windows provide character whilst contemporary elements including the full height glazing to several of the bedrooms gives the properties a unique style.
Internally each home features a modern kitchen/dining space with a separate, defined living room. Large bi-fold doors to the living area provides a good level of natural daylight as well as easy access to the garden. Each property has three bedrooms, with one accessible bedroom with en-suite located on the ground floor.
This project involved working with the developer to assess its financial feasibility, and then taking on the role of project lead which required the co-ordination of other consultants and their subsequent reports, in preparation for planning submission. This included the appointment of an arboriculturist in the early stages to determine the tree root areas of two mature oak trees and their potential impact on the development. This resulted in the root protection areas being avoided, and a ‘no-dig’ construction for the front driveway. We also undertook a highways pre-application to agree the appropriate vehicle access.