19.08.22 Old Redford is a new build two storey contemporary detached dwelling located within an AONB rural setting near Rye. The scheme includes the construction of a single storey annex. Both are well under construction with the SIPS panels to the first floor. The site is surrounded by a mature and dense boundary of protected oak trees. The designs for the new house use the naturally steep gradient of the site to partially bury the ground floor into the bank. This design allows a tiered landscape around the building and gives the first-floor bedrooms access to the higher garden tier at the rear. The site was once part of a farm and livestock was kept on the land with historic maps showing a variety of small outbuildings. The designs take influence from this past use by utilising agricultural materials such as black stained timber and fair faced brick work. The flat roof design reduces the mass on the site and emphasises the tiered sloping site, with the flat roof areas also having extensive wildflower roofs. The house will be sustainably heated and cooled through a ground source bore hole with the construction designed to be highly insulated and airtight based on Passivhaus principles. Construction is due to complete late Spring 2023.
7 The Suttons, Camber nears completion
29.07.22 The Scheme involves the construction of a contemporary new build dwelling on the beachfront at Camber Sands alongside a two-storey annex, an outdoor pool and landscaping works. The ground floor has an open plan kitchen, dining and living area that opens to a terrace and allows for direct access onto the beach. Upper floors containing bedrooms are set back reducing the mass of the building and provide terraces providing great views of the English Channel. The house and annex buildings’ facades are made of Dutch linear bricks at ground floor level and black stained timber cladding to the upper floors.
Meadow Gate completes
01.07.22 The scheme involved extensive alterations to the existing property to provide a contemporary look. The property is set within the High Weald AONB and has fantastic views over the surrounding countryside and is flanked by a mature woodland and wild grasslands. The layout of the house has been flipped upside down to maximise the views, resulting in an open plan to the top floor consisting of a kitchen, dining and a living area, whilst bedrooms are on the ground floor which open to the garden. The design combines angled dark timber cladding, with a dark render, and wildflower roofs. The house is powered by a ground source heat loop, installed within the field to sustainably provide heating and hot water to the house, working in conjunction with a solar array.
Court Lodge completes
16.06.22 Court Lodge, a two-storey new build dwelling with a mezzanine and annexe, built within the Romney Marshes has completed. The house provides expansive views across the marshes. The dwelling is made of a simple timber frame construction and uses vernacular materials detailed in a contemporary fashion.
Serenity under construction
08.06.22 The scheme involves the construction of a contemporary dwelling (over split levels) set within a steep valley surrounded by woodland for a photographer. The house is stepped to respond to the site topology and is an L shape in plan to adapt to the natural slope of the site. The lower ground floor contains an indoor swimming pool and spa The kitchen and living spaces above open to a series of terraces looking out over the surrounding fields and woodland. The house is being built to passive house standards and designed to be “off grid” utilising a combination of ground source heat pump, large photovoltaic solar array, and battery storage units. Construction is due to complete Autumn 2023.
Seabreeze wins RIBA regional award
04.05.22 We’re delighted that our project Seabreeze has been awarded an RIBA 2022 regional award. A special thanks to all who have contributed to make the project a reality and to our client who has put faith in us to deliver the dwelling at a unique setting. Seabreeze is only one of a handful of properties in the region which are only accessed by driving along the beach. The dunes behind the property are a unique landscape feature and are designated as a SSSI. The designs are focused on creating a robust building to cope with the weather conditions, with high winds, moving sand and salt air. The building has been externally finished in trowelled concrete with a pink pigment, to create a sealed envelope.
Watermead submitted for planning
18.05.22 The proposal is to demolish the existing bungalow and garage and replace it with a new family dwelling and garage. Due to the extreme sloping nature of the site the proposal is set over three levels, built into the landscape. The existing planting on the site will be retained to maintain the sites green nature and ensure that the proposal is well screened. The replacement dwelling will be positioned in the same location as the existing property; keeping the Northern and Eastern building line the same and being slightly reduced to the west. By keeping the same building line and removing the garage this provides a long view through from the access point on west street through to the mature trees in the garden. The main entrance leads through to an open plan living, dining and kitchen area. There is a separate snug and office located to the front elevation. The first floor will accommodate four bedrooms. The lower ground floor will be built into the landscape and only seen from the southern elevation. This lower ground floor will house a gym, sauna and flexible living TV space. The roof of the lower ground floor will form part of the ground floor and the outside terrace space. The shape of the building has been designed to be more of a chalet style building. Meaning that the first floor is a space in the roof. There is an added dormer to the master bedroom to provide the required head height. Mayfiled has many buildings constructed with clay tiles, brick, stone, white render and white timber weatherboard. The materials we have proposed are in keeping with many buildings in the area. Firstly, brick and stone will form the base of the building and will be sourced locally. Due to the building sitting in the landscape we feel this material would work well in this location. The roof will be clay hanging tiles and pitched to represent many buildings in the area. These clay tiles will also be on the facade to the first floor, like Leweston the property next door.
Royal Military Canal, Appledore development completes
01.05.22 Our Royal Military Road, Appledore project has completed. The scheme involved the construction of four new build houses (three stories) overlooking the Royal Military Canal, adjacent to National Trust land (with rural views beyond), the conversion of a mill building into a commercial space and landscaping works. The houses have been designed using traditional materials executed in a very contemporary method, glass to glass corner windows, and glazed chevron bricks combined with Kebony cladding. The houses will each be heated via an air source heat pump and be highly insulated.
Peasmarsh development submitted for planning
11.03.22 The project is for a development of 41 dwellings located in Peasmarsh, East Sussex on an allocated site within Rother District Council’s Local Plan. The scheme comprises of a mix of 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom properties with 40% affordable. The site is surrounded by mature trees, so is well screened despite being on the edge of the village setting. The proposal has been designed to work with the natural topography of the site in tandem with a detailed landscaping strategy providing a rich green setting for the proposed new dwellings. The layout is designed around 2 large green areas, one an existing traditional orchard to the southern boundary and the second a central green amenity space. The design aims to achieve a development of low energy contemporary homes with a mixed palette of traditional Wealden materials suitable for the High Weald AONB setting.
Appledore Village Hall completes
29.04.22 Our Appledore Village Hall project has finalised. The scheme involved the refurbishment of the existing building and a rear extension to enhance facilities for the users. The project was part of a community initiative to regenerate the existing 1920’s hall and make it an asset for the residents and users further afield to meet up and enjoy activities. The external appearance of the building had been upgraded with the use of Western red cedar cladding to the extensions and render to the existing hall. The village hall upgrade is part of a wider master plan which involves the upgrade of sporting facilities in the village and a development consisting of 12 houses, 5 of which are to be social houses.
Coastlands under construction
04.02.22 Our scheme at Naildown Road, Hythe involves the contemporary design of nine new flats over three stories, built into a hillside, replacing an existing dwelling in a poor state of condition. The design maximises the use of expansive views across a large garden for the residents, the town of Hythe and the English Channel. The scheme has an emphasis on sustainability with a highly insulated building and use of Air source heat pumps. Materials of the building include Western Red Cedar, grey brickwork, and zinc roof panelling to the series of pitched roofs. Construction is due to complete end of 2023.
Woodlands, Bossingham nears completion
25.04.22 Our scheme Woodlands at Bossingham is nearning completion. The proposal involved the demolition of an existing property and replaced with a new build two storey dwelling. The ground floor plan includes an open plan kitchen, dining and living area, a study and guest bedroom. The first floor has three double bedrooms which have views towards the Kent Downs avoiding overlooking neighbouring properties. The mass of the building is like the existing footprint of the property, increasing slightly but staying within the building line of the adjacent buildings. The change in mass from the street view is minimal. The dwelling uses traditional materials such as brick, hanging clay tiles and zinc panelling but detailed in a contemporary way. The project is due to finish in a few months’ time.
Appledore Development Gains Planning Permission
02.01.21 We're delighted that our Appledore Development has been granted planning permission. The scheme involves the construction of 12 new 3 & 4 bed houses, plus substantial landscaping works including a nature area and ponds. The site includes 40% mix of affordable houses which will all be built to Passiv Plus standards. The overall project also includes various improvements through the village itself including a substantial renovation and extensions to the village hall. Construction is due to commence in Autumn 2021.
Lake Cabin Featured In Architecture Journals
02.12.2020 Our Lake Cabin project based in Braebourne, Kent has been featured in the architecture press including the Architects Journal. The cabin is positioned on a lakes’ edge and has a cantilevered deck over the water. The cabin is approached along a woodland trail. It is not accessible by vehicles. The building has been designed as an exposed timber-framed structure. There are two full glazed elevations which angle out towards the lake and slide open giving views out across the lake and to the countryside beyond. Externally the building is clad in a combination of rough sawn wide English oak plank cladding, and thin narrow-plained English oak cladding. This is combined with a concrete datum line to the base of the building, which steps up to create a concrete bench and log store. The roof, and roof trims are clad in a patinated bronze finish to contrast the natural wood, which is to be left unfinished to tarnish and weather with the landscape.
Royal Military Canal Development Under Construction
20.11.2020 Our Royal Military Canal Development scheme at Appledore consisting of four new dwellings and a refurbishment of an existing Victorian mill are well under construction. The scheme overlooks The Royal Military Canal and the surrounding National Trust land. The houses have large open plan ground floors, with a kitchen dining space overlooking the private gardens. On the first floor there are 2 double bedrooms, one with en suite along with one single bedroom and on the second floor there is a large master suite with walk in wardrobe, en suite and a balcony terrace overlooking the canal. The houses have been designed using traditional materials executed in a very contemporary method. External materials will include brick, clay tiles and Kebony cladding boards. The houses will each be heated via an air source heat pump and be highly insulated. At the entrance to the site there is also a Victorian mill which is a key part of the scheme, facing the main road frontage. The proposals include a full restoration, refurbishment and extension of the mill to provide a commercial premises with café on the ground floor and office space above.
West Sussex Winery Accomodation Nears Completion
28.10.2020 Our accomodation building at a West Sussex Winery, which has red corrugated metal roofing is nearing completion. The building provides new accomodation for staff at the vineyard who look after the everyday running of the estate. The timber frame structure was pre-fabricated and insulated in a local workshop to minimise disruption around the vines. Natural larch cladding will complement the rusty red metal and when complete the houses will run off air source heat pumps combined with an MVHR system.
New beach house, Camber gains planning permission
13.08.2020 We are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for our latest beach house project located at Camber Sands, East Sussex. The project involves the construction of a new build three storey beach house directly on the beach, taking advantage of the views of the English Channel. The exterior of the house will be cladded in charred timber and patinated brass panels and at ground floor level Dutch linear bricks.
Seabreeze Construction Progress
20.07.2020 Construction is progressing well at Seabreeze, a new build two storey beach house at Camber Sands. The design of the house focuses on creating a robust building to cope with the weather conditions. The building will be externally finished in pink micro concrete finish to create a monolithic appearance. The house will include a wellness including a steam room and sauna, along with open plan living accommodation with large expanses of glazing looking across the beach. The site is isolated requiring all construction vehicles to drive along the beach to reach the house. Completion is anticipated for Spring 2021.
Bridge Point gains planning consent
02.06.2020 We are pleased to announce that our scheme at Bridge Point, Rye, received planning permission. Our design for Martello Developments sees the conversion of a series of warehouses into artist workshops, performance space, gallery, riverfront restaurant and housing. The scheme includes a riverside footpath running the length of the site with wildflower planting and new boat moorings. An outdoor amphitheatre carved into the riverbank forms the centre point of this exciting new public landscaping proposal that transforms a former lorry park into a rich and biodiverse space. RX Architects in collaboration with sustainability engineering experts Price & Myers and P3R have developed the scheme to aim for the highest environmental standards through the use of on-site renewables and passive design methods. The project aims to open up and reconnect Rye to a historically important part of the town to revive and reconnect this riverside area for all.
Pett Level Beach Club submitted for outline planning
06.05.2020 Planning has been submitted for a new contemporary beach club at Pett Level, East Sussex. The project involves replacing the existing building with a new two storey members club, offering sea views and a new dwelling adjacent. The Site is directly located off the beach, with the Royal Military Canal to the rear.
New house submitted for full planning
17.04.20 Planning has been submitted for a contemporary house in the High Weald AONB near Wadhurst, East Sussex. The design combines charred timber cladding and zinc seamed roofing. It will be sustainably heated via a ground source heat loop. The scheme also includes extensive landscaping works and several outbuildings, along with a new natural swimming pool lake.
Druim Featured in Architecture Journals
09.04.20 One of our latest beach houses Druim has been featured in online architecture journals such as Archello, Archdaily, Architecture Today and E-Architect. The project involved the remodelling of an existing unfinished detached house. The design expanded the living accommodation and improved the internal layout, maximising the light and open views across the adjacent nature reserve and beyond to the sea. The design included a replacement first floor to provide extra sleeping accommodation. The first floor cantilevers over the western elevation, to create a covered entrance canopy below to shelter the entrance from the exposed prevailing winds. The Ground floor layout opens up on all elevations to the nature reserve and sea views, as well as the shingle ridges to the north. The layout provides a large open plan kitchen, living and dining space with a staircase which runs up and around the central brick chimney with slot views to the rear. There is a library snug with a balcony on the first floor with views of the sea. There is also a detached single storey games room and annex studio with log burner.
New house submitted for full planning
18.03.20 The house is within the High Weald AONB with fantastic countryside views near Tenterden, Kent. The design aims to create a highly sustainable new home using a ground source heat pump below the surrounding paddock along with solar and a water harvesting system.
Fostum Submitted for Planning
24.01.20 We have submitted Fostum for planning which involves remodelling of the existing house, construction of a studio outbuilding, swimming pool and landscaping works. The house and studio exterior will have a render and black stained timber finish.
Trees For Life
17.01.20 To start 2020, RX Architects have partnered with “Trees For Life,” to enable us to offset all our annual carbon emissions. Trees For Life is a certified UK Reforestation Project dedicated to rewilding the Scottish Highlands. https://treesforlife.org.uk/ 2019 saw the vast majority of our clients switch from fossil fuels and embrace on site renewables such as air source or ground source heat pumps and we are excited to say that currently all our residential projects scheduled to break ground in 2020 have adopted on site renewables as the primary energy source. We fully support our clients in this regard and RX Architects will continue to adopt low carbon technology wherever possible in our construction projects.