Client: Neil Brown
Site location: Castle Hill Road, Hastings
Project Date: 2014
Project Status: Construction Finished
This development of 5 zero carbon homes is located on one of the best plots in Hastings - just a stones throw from Hastings castle, with panoramic views to both the East, the West and the Castle. Perched high up between Hastings Old Town and the Town Centre, it sits in a residential setting within the Old Town Conservation Area.
The ambition of the client is to create a high quality and highly efficient terrace of homes for the 21st century and to demonstrate that zero carbon dwellings can be commercially viable. ZEDfactory have worked up a design which both delivers in design quality and environmental performance, providing an opportunity to transform this derelict site into a historically important project for the city to coincide with the 950th-anniversary celebrations of 1066.
The design is of a staggered terrace of 5, running perpendicular to Castle Hill Rd, optimising the panoramic views from each home. A shared ramped access from Castle Hill Rd leads to a sheltered entrance on the East of the properties. A vehicle access at the SW of the site leads to a garage undercroft for each home, with gardens located above.
The internal layout is arranged with the living, dining and kitchens on the ground floor - as one open plan space that can spill out to the terrace and garden through a folding/sliding screen. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and the main bathroom, with the master bedroom benefiting from fantastic views through large windows and a juliette balcony.
The top floor of each home is a flexible open plan space intended for a range of activities depending on the occupants' lifestyles. This could be a studio, office, living room, games room or workshop for example. This floor also benefits from a glass screen opening onto balcony with arguably the best views in town.