CPRE Campaign to Protect Rural England2

CPRE Awards - Sustainable Building 2017

Karen Hillhouse, Regional Head of Development for the Hastoe Group said: “This project is an exemplar of what can be achieved with ingenuity and an interrogation of the planning system. Built to comply with the Caravan Act of 1968, it is relatively modest in size and did not require planning permission as it replaces a static caravan.”

“The house was constructed off site and assembled in two parts to Passivhaus standards. It is essentially self-sufficient making use of photovoltaics, mechanical heat recovery and a sewage treatment plant. The judges felt the house sat beautifully within its context: a clearing on private land within the New Forest National Park. Although it has a non-traditional flat roofed appearance, the contemporary detailing and stained sweet chestnut cladding offer a seamless connection to the landscape.” 

It is significant for PAD to have a contemporary building recognised by a body such as the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). It proves that carefully considered contemporary architecture can exist within and enhance the rural England; helping to protect our countryside for future generations.