These new apartments in desirable Whitstable, Kent, have been carefully designed to suit the form and style of the surrounding area and specifically the adjacent properties. The key challenge was for the design to be sympathetic to the scale of the neighbouring houses. The three storey block sits comfortably within the overall street scene, taking the general form of two houses with a linked central entrance and balcony section.
The site is also an unusual wedge shape which meant that the floor plans had to be splayed to fit whilst still providing excellent accommodation layout. Fortunately with the site being wider at the front we were able to crank the front elevation to follow the general curve of the road, linking the frontage of the adjacent houses.
The development consists of five 2-bedroom apartments with a shared central access, staircase and lift to all levels. Each apartment has fantastic sea views with private balconies. The external appearance and materials are of the highest quality and the level of finish achieved is outstanding. The development has lifted the quality of the whole area along with the other great houses within the street.
Planning permission was granted on the basis that ‘Level 4 of Code for sustainable Homes’ was achieved, therefore the development has embraced low energy design. A fabric-first approach was adopted following ‘Passivhaus’ principles to ensure the highest level of sustainable design achieved.