Location:

Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset

Status:

Full planning permission

Scale:

0.474 hectares

Constraints:

Tidal harbour, flood zones 2 & 3

Luxury Flood-Proof House Christchurch

LUXURY FLOOD-RESILIENCE

LUXURY FLOOD-RESILIENCE

  

 

 

Baca have recently won planning permission for two luxury flood resilient dwellings on a prominent residential waterfront site overlooking Christchurch Harbour.  Two dilapidated bungalows currently occupy the site, parts of which now lie in Flood Zones 2 and 3 and predicted to be in Flood Zone 3 (flood probability greater than 1%) by 2126. The Client asked Baca to create beautiful homes that addressed future increasing risks of flooding in an age of climate change. The sites were to be developed for sale.

 

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Baca have recently won planning permission for two luxury flood resilient dwellings on a prominent residential waterfront site overlooking Christchurch Harbour.  Two dilapidated bungalows currently occupy the site, parts of which now lie in Flood Zones 2 and 3 and predicted to be in Flood Zone 3 (flood probability greater than 1%) by 2126. The Client asked Baca to create beautiful homes that addressed future increasing risks of flooding in an age of climate change. The sites were to be developed for sale.

 

The re-development represents a like for like replacement, allowing views and greenery to be appreciated between the dwellings. The principal spaces such as living rooms and kitchens of the new houses are raised above the projected flood levels set by the East Dorset and Christchurch Council. Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and the Environment Agency, resulting in a betterment of flood resilience that will protect these homes and occupants for the next 50-100 years. All bed spaces are located at first floor. In the event of a flood and should water enter the ground floor then the internal construction will be designed to be resilient to water and enable effective cleaning and fast recovery. All electrical services are brought in from them first floor and all electrical sockets are raised. Windows and doors would allow water control and safe egress at multiple locations on the building.

 

The heights of the two houses respond to the heights of the houses on the respective adjoining properties. Upon arrival within the site two houses, the one on the left with 3 gables and the one on the right with 2 greets the visitor. The design adopts aspects of the surrounding context such as pitched roofs and traditional materials such as shiplap boarding with large glazing towards the estuary. The replacement dwellings are set back from the harbour with space between them and adjoining buildings to enhance the waterfront setting.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

The two houses will be constructed to thermal standards higher than Building Regulations and with energy and water efficient equipment and fittings throughout.

 

Materials will be wherever possible of low carbon intensity and sourced locally.

The orientation of the roof forms towards the east and the west allows for the generation of power spread more evenly over the course of the day as opposed to a midday peak as generated by panels which face south. The design allows for the installation of such panels in the future as the efficiency of such systems increases. Rainwater will be harvested from the roofs for garden irrigation.

 

These bespoke homes offer low energy design suitable for 21st century living whilst adopting smart water resilient strategies and providing a setting for contemporary waterfront living.

Baca have recently won planning permission for two luxury flood resilient dwellings on a prominent residential waterfront site overlooking Christchurch Harbour. Two dilapidated bungalows currently occupy the site, parts of which now lie in Flood Zones 2 and 3 and predicted to be in Flood Zone 3 (flood probability greater than 1%) by 2126. The Client asked Baca to create beautiful homes that addressed future increasing risks of flooding in an age of climate change. The sites were to be developed for sale.


The re-development represents a like for like replacement, allowing views and greenery to be appreciated between the dwellings. The principal spaces such as living rooms and kitchens of the new houses are raised above the projected flood levels set by the East Dorset and Christchurch Council. Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and the Environment Agency, resulting in a betterment of flood resilience that will protect these homes and occupants for the next 50-100 years. All bed spaces are located at first floor. In the event of a flood and should water enter the ground floor then the internal construction will be designed to be resilient to water and enable effective cleaning and fast recovery. All electrical services are brought in from them first floor and all electrical sockets are raised. Windows and doors would allow water control and safe egress at multiple locations on the building.



The heights of the two houses respond to the heights of the houses on the respective adjoining properties. Upon arrival within the site two houses, the one on the left with 3 gables and the one on the right with 2 greets the visitor. The design adopts aspects of the surrounding context such as pitched roofs and traditional materials such as shiplap boarding with large glazing towards the estuary. The replacement dwellings are set back from the harbour with space between them and adjoining buildings to enhance the waterfront setting:



SUSTAINABILITY



The two houses will be constructed to thermal standards higher than Building Regulations and with energy and water efficient equipment and fittings throughout.



Materials will be wherever possible of low carbon intensity and sourced locally. The orientation of the roof forms towards the east and the west allows for the generation of power spread more evenly over the course of the day as opposed to a midday peak as generated by panels which face south. The design allows for the installation of such panels in the future as the efficiency of such systems increases. Rainwater will be harvested from the roofs for garden irrigation.



These bespoke homes offer low energy design suitable for 21st century living whilst adopting smart water resilient strategies and providing a setting for contemporary waterfront living.

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