The kench - Hayling Island, UK













The kench - Hayling Island, UK

1 Living/ Kitchen

2 Bedroom

3 Bathroom

4 WC

5 External store

6 External decking

7 Entrance ramp

8 Steps

9 Steps to foreshore



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The kench - Hayling Island, UK

The Beach House - Hayling Island, UK

The families of John Young and Charles Meloy have a long history with ‘The kench’, a spit of land to the West of Hayling island which was used firstly as a base for fishing and later, with the introduction of houseboats, as a holiday destination with strong links to water based activities on the Solent and Langstone Harbour. Later the majority of these houseboats were replaced by permanent chalets which have been adapted or rebuilt over the years. John Young collaborated with Meloy Architects to realise his designs for a new Chalet on the last remaining unbuilt plot at ‘The Kench’.

This spirit of the original chalets is prevalent in the new single storey structure. The arrangement is an open plan living area with integral kitchen. There is floor to ceiling glazing offering impressive views across the Kench and north towards Langstone harbour. Two bedrooms are located to the rear of the building with a bathroom and WC 'core' at the centre of the plan.

The bedrooms also maintain views over the Kench through full height glazed doors.

The components of the plan are unified under a projecting canopy roof and a terraced base of the same width. The terrace is finished in timber decking made from slow growth Oregon pine. The full length boards are aligned and finished to provide a visual continuation of the internal Douglas Fir timber flooring.

The chalet is detailed to be used as a holiday home for future generations of the Young family and as such each component is selected and detailed to minimise ongoing maintenance. This developed a robust minimal approach which excluded unnecessary details and fittings.

The success of the project has been recognised with an RIBA south award and the scheme being shortlisted to the last six for the 2014 Manser Medal - considered to be the most prestigious housing award in the UK. An interview with both John Young and Charles Meloy was filmed as part of the Manser Medal and can be viewed here.

Credit List

Design Team

Architect: John Young and MELOY architects

Structural Consultant: Reaction Engineers

Mechanical and Electrical Consultant : John Packer Associates

Planning Consultant: Planning Development Regeneration

Building Control: Assent Building Control Ltd


Main Contractor: Martin Hayward

Piling: Burras Piling

Foundations: Benjamin Foundations Ltd

Steelwork: TWS  

External Walls & Soffit: Walltec Ltd (Sto)

Windows and Doors: Sunfold Systems Ltd

Roofing: DMB Flat Roofing Ltd (Cefil)

Roof Lights: Glazing Vision Ltd

Electrical: KTM Services

Mechanical & Plumbing: JC Heating Ltd

Underfloor Heating: BTR Tech

Screed and Plastering: Rafferty (Plasterers) Ltd

Wood Floor: Carson’s Flooring Ltd (Dinesen)

Tiling: Faron Co (Bisazza mosaic)

Kitchen: Kitchen Architecture (Bulthaup)

Stainless work: J.R. Services Work   


Coping: Wemico

Internal Doors: Lualdi Porte

Taps: Vola

Shower Valve: Boffi

Shower Head: Hans Grohe

Sanitary Ware: Bradley’s (Duravit)

Bath: 23 Degrees (Agape)

Douglas Fir Decking: Stone’s Timber Ltd

Ironmongery: Allgoods Ltd (D-Line)

Electrical Fixtures: Mr Resistor Ltd

Furniture and Fittings

Wardrobes: Poliform

Sofa: Interdesign UK Ltd (Flexform)

Table: B & B Italia (Shultz)

Chairs: Poltrona Frau Group UK & Eire (Alias)

Beds: Oskar Furniture (Ciacci Kreaty)

Glass Tables: Meronden Designs Ltd

Low Table: Poltrona Frau Group UK & Eire (Cassina)

Table Lamps: SCP Ltd (Luceplan)

Art: Steve McPherson

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