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John Pardey submits plans for Aldington-inspired rural housing

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John Pardey Architects has lodged plans for this 10-home scheme on the edge of Hurstpierpoint village in rural west Sussex

Backed by emerging Brighton-based developer Baobab, the £2.4 million project features two and three-bedroom homes arranged farmstead-style around a courtyard.

Practice founder John Pardey said: ‘The scheme owes a debt to Peter Aldington’s wonderful [Grade II-listed] housing – Lyde End – from 1976, still the most successful example of rural housing from the post-war era in Britain in my view.

‘Having spent the past couple of years working with Peter on the new book on his houses, it feels good to try to continue in some way his amazing contribution to English architecture.’

Subject to approval, the development is expected to start on site in October this year.

Architect’s view

Ten houses gather around a shared, gravelled courtyard space, shifting back and forth to create an informal enclosure. Low walls and open car ports define public and private spaces and planting is provided against the walls.

The houses are generally ‘blind’, so have a somewhat mysterious appearance, with just a few openings at ground floor and chimneys signalling habitation. To each house a low wall encloses a small private front garden and a roof sweeps across a covered car port.

The plans are organised around a central fireplace containing a wood-burning stove. Living spaces at ground floor occupy the rear of the plan looking out into the garden. Upstairs, the bedrooms enjoy high sloping ceilings and a clerestory to the front provides dramatic light into the rooms.

A simple palette of brick and tile picks up on the local vernacular, but in an entirely contemporary way. This material palette brings a strong sense of unity to the scheme, yet each house has its own identity.

We designed a house type that could be adapted to suit two or three-bedroomed accommodation. This is based on a split section that presents the single-storey profile to the entrance courtyard and a two-storey profile to the gardens.

Eight of the houses have three bedrooms, while two are two-bedroomed to provide for families just starting out on the property ladder.

Parking is on plot, with plenty of space within the courtyard for visitors’ cars.

Bringing the individual houses together forms a collective, with each contributing to the whole. With a simple material palette, it as if the whole development was made in one casting. The scheme aims to offer a model for small rural housing developments.

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John pardey hurstpierpoint april 2017 5

Project data

Architect John Pardey Architects
Project architect Tobias Weaver
Client Baobab Developments
Planning Lewis & Co
Landscape Nicholas Dexter Studio
Ecology Peach Ecology
Highways Reeves Transport Planning
Arboricultural consultant Broad Oak Tree Consultants
Drainage ZAK Infrastructure
Start on site In planning, expected start on site October 2017
Completion Anticipated April 2019
Contract duration 19 months
Gross internal floor area 1,380m²
Form of contract TBC
Total cost (estimated) £2.4 million

John pardey hurstpierpoint april 2017 plan

John pardey hurstpierpoint april 2017 plan

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