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Jonathan Dunn completes £2.3m Sussex infill scheme

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Jonathan Dunn Architects has taken the wraps off this mixed-use scheme on an infill site in Rye, East Sussex 

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA 

The £2.3 million development provides flats, penthouses, a studio and a house alongside two shops which front on to the street.

The 1,050m2  scheme sits on a site formally occupied by industrial buildings which were demolished in 2002 revealing the remains of the city’s medieval town walls.

Due to these walls, which are protected as a scheduled ancient monument, a series of archaeological digs and studies were carried out to inform the design parameters and to avoid disruption to the remains.

The scheme was built from a pre-fabricated timber frame system to provide minimal disruption. This was then clad in a dark-coloured timber rainscreen cladding, slate and render.

Cinque Ports Street Development, Rye, East Sussex by Jonathan Dunn Architects

Cinque Ports Street Development, Rye, East Sussex by Jonathan Dunn Architects

Source: Oliver Perrott

Architect’s view

We took design influences from the historic imagery of nearby shipyard warehouses along the river front and the traditional coastal architecture of the East Sussex coastline. The intention was to emphasise the simplicity of the traditional forms and materials by creating a street front elevation with a dramatic angular roof line and simple elevational detailing and treatment.

Careful consideration of window placements was given to maximise the views towards the Rother valley and catch the best light. The window positions were detailed so that they appear at random on the street scene however all fall within the cladding board rhythms to ensure only whole cladding boards were used with no long cuts. The window frames and gutters are all concealed to further emphasise the simplicity of the form.

The southern elevation is where balconies and terraces have been cut in to give views back towards the town scape. The southern elevation gives privacy from the street frontage and overlooks the separating courtyard area.

Cinque Ports Street Development, Rye, East Sussex by Jonathan Dunn Architects

Cinque Ports Street Development, Rye, East Sussex by Jonathan Dunn Architects

Source: Oliver Perrott

Project data

Location Rye, East Sussex
Type of project mixed-use
Client confidential
Architect Jonathan Dunn Architects
Main contractor Jenners
Structural engineer J M Loades and Associates
Quantity surveyor Paul Latham
M&E engineer Reina Group
Archaeological surveyor Chris Butler / South East Archaeological Society (with University)
Completed 2015
Cost £2.3 million
Area 1,050m2

Cinque Ports Street Development, Rye, East Sussex by Jonathan Dunn Architects

Cinque Ports Street Development, Rye, East Sussex by Jonathan Dunn Architects

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