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Robert Adam slates 'space ship' design with launch of low-carbon Classicism - image

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Robert Adam Architects has been given the go-ahead for a new 54-home scheme in Surrey, billed as the first traditionally styled sustainable development.

Adam, the well-known Classicist, believes the Castle Green Lane project in Chobham will make housing history and prove sustainable design need not be modern or futuristic in appearance.

As well as featuring south-facing, naturally ventilated 'solar' houses, the development will boast an on-site recycling station and a combined heat and power plant.

'Up to now, the sustainability debate in architecture has been dominated by techno-freaks who think that technological solutions should look like space ships,' said Adam.

He added: '[This scheme] shows the buyer and developer that you can have sustainability and the kind of home you like: this will be of huge importance in the advancement of environmentally friendly new homes in a market economy.'

Designed with Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers, the buildings will be made of brick and slate.

by Richard Waite

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