The Dairy, Catherington

We were approached by Peter Ernest Homes to help develop ideas and design concepts for a Brownfield site in Catherington. Located on the edge of the Conservation Area, the Diary is a prominent rural site and the design has been developed in a sensitive and responsible way. The client’s vision for a natural looking ‘Farmstead’ was helped along the way by encouraging collaboration with the EHDC planners and dialogue with local people.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this exciting project”, says Olaf Olafsson, Lead Architect. “We collaborated with this developed on several schemes and both share a passion for wanting to improve our built environment and create homes and communities that we are proud of”.

It is proposed to replace the existing, run down storage units with a residential development of nine new homes with associated parking and landscaping. The concept a ‘converted farmstead’ has created the most appropriate language for the scheme in our opinion. The Diary uses building materials and finishes that are influenced by and respect local traditional materials and building details, especially those found in the Catherington Conservation Area. The “Farmhouse”, at the centre of the site is a brick building with Georgian proportions. The other houses thus read as barns, stables and livery blocks, constructed with brick and timber cladding but each unique in character.

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