Somerhill Flats, Hove

The brief from the developer client was to maximise site coverage for new build flats on a site that previously contained 4 houses in Hove. The constraints included an HMO which needed to be shielded from the development, rights to light and overlooking onto adjacent neighbouring properties and well organised opposition from a local pressure group opposed to the change in residences from houses to flats. The final design won over the planners and many locals with a large range of unit types, including ground floor maisonettes with their own gardens, plus a large communal courtyard for residents. The private sector flats sold out very quickly and the whole development has been very popular ever since.