All posts by Sam Bowman

Sea Road

Status:

AT PLANNING

Location:

WESTGATE, KENT

A development of 8 flats that replaces an existing detached house on a plot which has unobstructed sea views out across the north Kent Coast. The commission was awarded following previous successful planning consents gained by Cook Associates in Westgate for higher density replacement development. The contemporary design picks up on the pitched roof form of the area allowing the three storey development to sit comfortably in its setting.

Woodland Way

Status:

GRANTED PLANNING

Location:

CANTERBURY, KENT

 

A development of student flats that have been designed in two blocks to reflect the massing and urban grain of the area. The use of clay tiling which is a feature material of the area runs vertically up the elevations and wraps seamlessly with the roof. The form of the roof allows for the overall height of the units to be kept low to the same height of neighbouring properties.

North Farm Road

Status:

AT PLANNING

Location:

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT

 

A development of 28 flats on a former industrial site situated between residential streets and surrounding commercial units. The proposal has been carefully articulated to avoid overlooking adjoining properties with angled facades and vertical louvres to direct views away from adjoining gardens.

 

The use of vertical metal seam cladding picks up on the developments industrial surroundings whilst giving a contemporary aesthetic to this under utilized site.

The Dial House

Status:

GRANTED PLANNING – 2016

Location:

ST MARGARET’S BAY, KENT

 

Cook Associates have gained planning consent for two large detached properties to replace an existing run down house at St Margaret’s Bay, Kent. The existing property occupies a large terraced plot which has elevated views toward the Goodwin Sands and the French coastline.

 

The dwellings have been carefully designed to ensure that they sit comfortably within the topography of the landscape. The site and surrounding area is heavily planted with mature trees and is located within a Conservation area and is close to an AONB. The units are carefully sited to avoid conflict with any existing trees whilst at the same time maximising views of the English Channel.

 

The front elevation reflects a more traditional form of the original house and neighbouring properties, with a pitched roof, brick facade and smaller proportioned windows to give privacy from the road. To the rear, the elevation is opened up to the landscaping and sea views beyond with full height glazing and a curved balcony which runs the full width of the property.

Wrens Cross

Status:

UNDER CONSTRUCTION – 2017

Location:

MAIDSTONE, KENT

 

Cook Associates were approached by Geko Developments to redevelop a 0.5 hectare site close to Maidstone town centre. The site consists of a listed Judges House, Barracks Block and other buildings associated with its historic use as the former Kent Police Headquarters.

 

Due to the sites proximity to the A249 the scheme for 66 flats has been laid out around a central courtyard to create a more tranquil environment. By stepping the height and the planes of the brickwork façade the scheme achieves a rhythm of verticality that compliments the more historic buildings around the site.

 

The building design also uses open bays and columns to give a perforated façade and avoids the heaviness that would ensue from a continuous masonry wall. The result is that we can use a traditional material like brick as the main cladding element and yet achieve a lightness and 3-dimensional volume rarely associated with the material. The articulation of the façade allows for an inter-play of light and shade where we set up a theme an then re-play and repeat with variations that are differentiated in plane and material to give an active and quietly dynamic form.

Zedbra House

Status:

GRANTED PLANNING

Location:

ST MARGARET’S BAY, KENT

Cook Associates have submitted a planning application to Dover District Council for a new dwelling at St Margaret’s Bay. Due to the site being located outside of the defined development boundary the scheme is for a NPPF 55 house which requires a development of innovative design and outstanding quality.

The ‘Zedbra’ House, named in part from the roof form, uses a sophisticated site generated thermal power supply system never before used in the UK. The scheme sits on a steeply sloping site which enjoys views across the English Channel to France.

The entrance leads onto an east / west aligned upper gallery which cuts through the plan of the house with directs views towards St. Margaret’s Bay and the channel beyond. The gallery bridges over a double height living area at lower level which leads out onto a large terrace area.