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Redevelopment, Sussex
Cityzen redeveloped a very leaky historic pub into a cosy home.



Architecture (concept design, planning, building regulations, Contract Administration) and M&E


Bright Green Homes


Spacetherm, Celotex, VMzinc, Velux, Joton Nano paint, Recycled Timber

Total build cost



LABC South East Awards Finalists 2016 - for best Extension or Alteration

Cityzen were approached to redevelop a historic pub, which had been badly converted in the 80’s. The client wanted a much warmer and less damp home, with some new spaces that would provide views over the South Downs.

The original conversion of the building into two homes left a lot to be desired. During the build process it was found that the spine wall between the properties was only a single skin, the central supporting wall of the house had no foundations and the brick wall on the first floor was built off of the timber floor and not in line with the wall below! Once the roof had also been opened up, the original slates were brittle and nails rusted. All of these unknowns added time and cost. And additional engineering was required to enable the new barrel roofed dormer.

Insulation was a big factor for our client, so the original solid walls were provided with internal wall insulation (IWI). The new rear roof was removed, pitched and insulated. And where the head height was tight in the loft room, Spacetherm (aerogel) insulation was used.

New bespoke double-glazed timber framed windows were fitted, to ensure the look and feel of the building was maintained, as the building is in a prominent position within a conservation area.

Internally we developed a new spiral staircase to fit within the constraints of the layout. A dropped ceiling section facilitated a new en suite on the top floor, where the head height was reduced and opened up ground floor layout.