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Kilnmead Development A low-density development of affordable housing

Kilnmead Development

Client: Crawley Borough Council
Contract Value: £4.5m
Duration: 73 weeks
Sector: Residential
Procurement: Competitive Tender
Completion: October 2019
Contract: JCT Design & Build (2016)

The construction of 37 units of affordable housing on the site of a former car park in the centre of Crawley, West Sussex.

The development comprises 3 x two-bed houses, 2 x three-bed houses, and a two and three-storey block containing 13 x one-bed flats and 19 x two-bed flats. Provision has been included for connection to a district heating system in the future to reduce cost and carbon emissions from domestic heating.

Site constraints and the town-centre location necessitated a relatively low-density development, which acknowledged the adjacent Crawley new town character without overwhelming the conservation area of the Dyers' Almshouses directly to the west.

The flats are of conventional block and brick construction from ground to 2nd floor, with timber-framing and cedar cladding to the partial 3rd floor. The houses are also of brick and block and feature canopied porches that echo earlier domestic styles nearby.

Project Team:

Architect:       Cover Storey
Engineer:        Fairhurst PLC
Client Agent:  Crawley Borough Council