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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.

We have worked with the team at van Ellen and Sheryn on 6 projects as there Principle Contractors.
3 of the projects have been in a National park and one on a listed building within the National park – this particular project was the first building to gain planning permission of its type – no small achievement and a credit to the practice. They are a very approachable practice who interpret the clients requirements with some original and practical design features that also meet the budget. The release and quality of the information on the drawings is clear and easy to work to. Each project has been better than the last – looking forward to working with the team on the next one!

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