"We have worked with the ADG architectural team for several years and more recently with their interior design team. I am delighted to report that ADG’s quality and innovative approach remains consistently high in all departments."
Will Ashworth, Managing Director, Watergate Bay Hotel
The aim with this project was to push the boundaries in environmental and sustainable design. The approach taken was to produce south-facing terraces of earth-sheltered, two-storey dwellings with green roofs and large terraces. The majority of the glazing was placed on the south elevation to make best use of the winter sun and sea views. The dwellings benefit from sustainable low-tech solutions such as passive solar gain, high levels of insulation, rainwater collection and exhaust air heat pumps.
The green roofs help to blend the development into the landscape, improve biodiversity, reduce the speed of rainwater run-off and provide attractive outlooks for the residents.
Externally the dwellings use locally sourced timber cladding and lime render to create a modern ‘beach hut’ aesthetic. Internally, care has been taken to use as many natural products as possible, such as the recycled newspaper insulation and the wood wool sheathing and insulation boards.
This combined with the ventilation system and natural daylighting all help to create healthy internal environments. The project gained a successful planning and is now a nationally recognised local landmark.