Listed Refurbishment – Ditchling




Architecture, M&E, lighting design, Joinery design, controls, AV integration



Nutshell Construction, Ocean flooring

Total Build Cost

An award-winning refurbishment and extension of a Grade 2 listed property in the Sussex Downs. This project was entered into the 2018 LABC South East Building Excellence Awards and 2018 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards…and won both!

Between ourselves and the contractor, Nutshell Construction, we designed and put back a lot of historic fabric, replaced historic elements and repaired the building to last another few lifetimes! Originally built as two cottages in the late 1700s and extended in 1929, Cityzen has re-balanced the principal rear elevation to bring some symmetry and stature back to the building.

It took us a considerable amount of time to get through the planning phase, and almost two years on site. Every room has been refurbished and renewed, various structural elements fixed, wells found, and steels added to support the old structure. The outbuilding was unstable so had to be rebuilt and an archaeology team employed. You name it, it needed it!

Photographs by Simon Callaghan & Cityzen