Swanpool Houses

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Falmouth, Cornwall
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Falmouth, Cornwall to provide them with a full design service for their new 30 unit housing development on the Cornish coast..

Linden homes approached us to provide design and planning services for a proposed new development on a green-field plot of land on the picturesque coastline of Falmouth. Adjacent to Swanpool lagoon and beach, the site had an enviable position for views out over the coastline, though presented challenges with its steep topography and narrow width.

The housing was focused around a central street that meanders up the hillside, with large 4 bedroom detached dwellings facing towards the views of the coast and Swanpool. The houses were designed to compliment the local palette of white render and natural slate roofs, but in clean, modern forms with generously sized windows.

3 large ‘flagship’ dwellings were located at the entrance to the site, where panoramic views of the coastline and Swanpool lagoon could be enjoyed, as well as close access to the beach below. These gable-ended forms were wrapped in dark grey zinc to continue the white and grey colour palette. Cornish stone would be used in key areas of the house elevations, referring back to the
Cornish bank boundary walls of the site.

The development is due to be constructed shortly.

Architecture and building works was something we had not done before and we found Van Ellen and Sheryn easy to work with and very professional, going beyond what was required to make the whole thing straight forward and trouble free.

I wanted to convert an old conservatory into a usable space for all year round use. Van Ellen gave very good initial advice about what options were available to us with regards to the architectural work and costs. Then once we had agreed on a plan were excellent at giving us ideas based on what we thought, but added numerous options of theirs. They then gave us clear drawings of the different options and a smooth transition through the planning permission. They gave us numerous recommended contractors, material ideas, and even helped afterwards when the contractors had more technical questions at no extra cost.

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