Sulis Down will be designed with homes which meet a wide range of occupier needs, sizes and types. The existing villages nearby, such as Combe Down, Combe Hay, Wellow, South Stoke and Newton St Loe all show how settlements of great character with variety in scale, status, type and tenure of housing met such a range of needs over centuries.
These places have much to teach us and will influence the design brief to which the landowner, developer and the design team are working.
Creating a development that is faithful to what has made this part of the country distinctive is one of the strongest principles of the design brief...
Throughout Britain the diverse geology and our history has created settlements of considerable variety.
In the Bath area it is the building traditions and the use of limestone, of rubble and ashlar with roofs of slate of clay pantile that is so evident. In the villages, vernacular building skills sit alongside the visual sophistication of the constructions of the 18th Century.
Creating a development that is faithful to what has made this part of the country distinctive is one of the strongest principles of the design brief.
The Hignett Family Trust and Bloor Homes are pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Pentreath to lead the design of the new community at Sulis Down. His practice is working on some of the most important traditionally-planned urban developments in the country, including Poundbury for the Duchy of Cornwall, Knockroon for the Dumfries House Trust, the Coed Darcy Urban Village in South Wales, and Tornagrain, a new community near Inverness, for the Earl of Moray. He has also designed the key public building in London’s Chelsea Barracks development.
Ben is a renowned expert on classical and traditional architecture and his practice works on houses and development schemes across the UK.