As part of the Brighton and Hove ‘New Homes for Neighbourhoods’ competition PDP Architecture was invited to produce four feasibility studies for, four sites in the Brighton and Hove area. All four sites were located on parcels of unused land, sandwiched between existing houses, garages and gardens. It was hoped that by filling these small sites the county’s social housing stock could increase whilst not eating into valuable ’Green Belt’ land.

With each site presenting its own challenges and restrictions it was not possible to produce a methodology which covered all four proposals, therefore a different approach was required for each study.

With this the largest of the four sites put forward by Brighton and Hove as part of the ‘New Homes for Neighbourhoods’ competition, Rotherfield Crescent proved to be challenging as it was necessary to maintain access to a majority of the gardens surrounding the site. The orientation of the dwellings was driven by important views out to the North and taking these factors into account reduced the area in which development was possible.

Two, Two bedroom and One, Three bedroom dwellings were deemed to be optimal for the site, with these three dwellings connected in a fashion that worked with the existing contours. A strong façade would wrap itself up and over the three dwellings creating a bold frontage whilst reducing in stature to the rear to be more sympathetic with the surrounding houses. This triple pitched roof would take full advantage of the Southerly aspect and PV’s on the roof would provide the dwellings with clean energy.