Pumphouse starts on site 10 years after getting planning permission!
LCE Architects UK gained planning permission for a new private house on the site of a former pumping station on the edge of Hurstpierpoint back in 2009.
The site was considered to be ‘greenfield’ and outside of the developable area of Hurstpierpoint however LCE Architects UK successfully secured permission under the stringent ‘Planning Policy Statement 7’ [PPS7] [now Paragraph 79 of the ‘National Planning Policy Framework’ NPPF] as it was considered to be … “of exemplary and outstanding design” … by the Mid-Sussex District Council Design Review Panel and subsequently approved with a significant majority by the local Planning Committee.
Since obtaining consent the site has been acquired by a new owner. The withdrawal of the ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ assessment requirements, has meant this highly sustainable scheme has now been aligned with Building Regulations, achieving far in excess of the current requirements.
Given the complex curved nature of the building, both in plan and 3D form, the scheme has taken time to develop, both in terms of the detailing and the on-site construction. Work commenced on site in June of this year using the ‘Nudura – Insulated Concrete Formwork [ICF] construction system, which is based on EPS insulation blocks with structural concrete poured between. The work is being led by ICF Contractors.
In close collaboration with the Client and Contractor the house is now taking shape, with the ground floor slab due to be poured at the end of August and the superstructure due to be completed by the end of November.
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