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Helyer Davies Architects

Seafront - Emsworth

This bespoke 4-bedroom family home sits on the edge of Chichester Harbour with stunning views south, from Emsworth Sailing Club to Hayling Island. The house delicately draws inspiration from its coastal location whilst taking in the spectacular and isolated location in which it sits.

The contemporary design replaces a dilapidated house with a similar footprint and silhouette. We worked very closely with Havant Borough Council and Chichester Harbour Conservancy, not only to obtain planning permission but to create a beautiful building that responds to the area and sensitivity surrounding the Conservation Area.

The brief from the clients was a contemporary, maintenance free, family home. The design concept is simple; a large brick wall protects the house from the elements, acting like a modern sea defence. The material choice for this wall was crucial to not only blend into the context of the harbour, but also contrast against the main house. This feature wall has a random bond and dark mortar to make it organic and have a man-made tactile quality.

To the rear of the site the design is more creative with materials, cantilevers landscaping, and responds to the idea of ‘entrance’, with different forms drawing the residents into the house. Once inside the view reveals itself with framed vistas through the wall across the harbour.

From the outset, both the client and Helyer Davies wanted a sustainable home. Designed as a Passivhaus, the project includes several sustainable features including rainwater harvesting, solar panels, ground source heat pump and heat recovery [MHVR].

Helyer Davies Architects were appointed for all RIBA Stages. The building was completed in summer 2021.

Structural Engineer: Perega

Contractor: Halcyon Build

Landscape Architect: Quercus

Bricks: Geo Brick [Shaded Light Grey]

Doors and Windows: Internorm

Kitchen Design: Chambers Kitchens

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