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Reconfiguration, Brighton
Cityzen designed the layout of this property’s ground floor, opening up and extending the space. 



Architecture, M&E, Energy


ZAL (Structural Engineers)


Kingspan Thermaroof (insulation compatible with green roof system), Kingspan OPTIM-R (insulation for balcony and terrace system)

Total build cost


The client knew there was a lot of opening up and compliant technical design needed for this Brighton reconfiguration project, and approached us to help with this.

They had originally employed another architect, but “hadn’t had the experience they’d wanted”. After remodelling the top floor of their house they put their project on hold, before asking us to redesign the ground floor of their property.

The property was a semi-detached family house. The owners wanted a reconfiguration and extension of the ground floor spaces, in order to make the building work more efficiently (providing amongst other things an open plan kitchen/dining area and terrace). The project brief also included making their existing basement usable.

Our client was detail-focused and had a clear idea of their requirements and preferences in terms of materials and finishes. So we designed in close consultation with them.

They were keen to get our advice on energy usage and improving the performance of the building (music to our ears!) and we ended up incorporating an underfloor heating system and green roof into the final design.

Further to a site survey and the design phase, we secured planning permission and building regulations sign-off.

Lastly, we produced a comprehensive package of drawings for use during the tender and construction stages (detailing the construction elements, addressing where the new and old structures integrate).

We look forward to sharing ‘after’ photos, once the reconfiguration works to this Brighton home have been completed.