A beachfront development of luxury apartments which occupies a sensitive site in a conservation area just 30m from Scheduled Ancient Monument, Sandgate Castle.
The development consists of two buildings, different in form to complement their immediate adjacencies, but visually linked through a controlled palette of materials chosen to withstand the harsh coastal conditions.
The salient feature is undoubtedly the seafront element of the design. The striking building, oval in plan, echoes the rounded form of Sandgate Castle. Generous balconies made of Iroko timber, with stainless steel and glass guardings, arc around the seafront elevation offering spectacular sea views. Its two penthouses, Skysail and Spinnaker, benefit from an elliptical internal roofscape.
The rectangular Castle Road building sits on a stone plinth reminiscent of a defensive sea wall and this nautical vocabulary is carried through to the detailing on the balcony guardings, constructed from stainless steel with glass panels, and through to the innovative privacy ‘sails’ used on the balconies to prevent overlooking.
Inside the apartments the exterior materials are used effectively in elements such as the open steel and glass staircases, evocative of a dockside ladder, as well as in Iroko shelving and alcoving details.
Both buildings have achieved an excellent ‘B’ rating (on a scale of A-G) for both Environmental Impact and Energy Efficiency performance. Each balcony has a sliding glass ‘wall’, with storm-force double seals, which opens in its entirety extending the living space outside onto the balcony.. The interiors are clean and simple and features include state-of-the-art lighting and thermostatically controlled underfloor heating