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Architect: MELOY architects
Structural Consultant: Reaction Engineers
Mechanical and Electrical Consultant: Alan Clarke
Passivhaus consultant: APE
Planning consultant: Pro Planning
Arboriculturalist/ Ecologist: PJC Consultancy
Daylighting assessment: DeltaGreen
Lewes Passivhaus -
Planning permission has been granted for what will be the first Passivhaus in Lewes and the South Downs National Park. The proposed house replaces two derelict poultry sheds on brownfield land adjacent to Juggs Road, an ancient mediaeval drove road used by fisher folk to transport their catch from Brighton to Lewes.
Despite the stunning position of the site within the South Downs National Park it is hidden from distant views due to the surrounding topography, existing dwellings and trees of which there are 48 protected trees on and around the site.
The house is arranged as two simple wings for sleeping and living with a linking core grouping the services and entrance to the dwelling. As a certified Passivhaus the dwelling will utilise a super insulated and air tight external envelope that will result in an 85% reduction in energy use from that of a typical house.
Externally the dwelling is clad in naturally weathered timber boarding on both the walls and roof and is aligned to respond to the verticality of the adjacent trees. With reference to traditional Sussex detailing the window openings are framed with a white reveal which also reveals the domesticity of the interior.
Although outside the development boundary and within the South Downs National Park the planning application was highly commended with the Parish Council commenting ‘that such a thoughtful design should stand as a fine example to be emulated elsewhere in Lewes and the National Park.’
Work is nearing completion
2 Kitchen/ Dining
8 External store