• Aerial view of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • Aerial view of Bigbury Hollow, a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • The Bigbury Hollow courtyard. Bigbury Hollow is a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • The Bigbury Hollow elevation drawings. Bigbury Hollow is a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • The Bigbury Hollow bedroom render. Bigbury Hollow is a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • Bigbury Hollow from a distant aerial view. Bigbury Hollow is a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • Bigbury Hollow kitchen render. Bigbury Hollow is a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • Bigbury Hollow exterior dining area. Bigbury Hollow is a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • Bigbury Hollow plan drawings. Bigbury Hollow is a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • Bigbury Hollow landscape view. Bigbury Hollow is a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
  • Bigbury Hollow full height glazing. Bigbury Hollow is a large PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will utilize the latest renewable technology.
Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house will use the latest renewable technology.

Bigbury Hollow  PPS 7

The underground house, aptly named Bigbury Hollow, is flooded with daylight via two large terraced courtyards at each end of the building.

These terraced areas provide the PPS 7 home with plant beds for growing vegetables and culinary herbs. The sunken nature of the courtyards also helps conceal domestic furniture and prevent light pollution from the house at night.

The impact on the environment is minimised by incorporating many state-of-the-art environmental building materials and techniques as well as various pioneering technologies to reduce the building’s carbon footprint and minimise its impact on the environment.

Other eco credentials include the use triple glazing, LED lighting and natural paints and finishes.

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Data

  • Location: Bigbury Camp
  • Planning Authority: Canterbury
  • Consent: Granted 2012
  • Type of Project: PPS 7 new build
  • Build Program: 36 months
  • Gross Internal Floorspace: 400m²
  • Cost: £2m
  • Status: On-site during 2017

Technology

  • Extensive photo-voltaic thermal system
  • MVHR heat recovery ventilation system
  • Biomass boiler
  • Immersun
  • Li-ion battery storage
  • 220v voltage optimisation
  • Joule thermal store
  • Potable water supply
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Triple glazed
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Electric car lift providing secure level access

Facts

  • Utilizing timber felled from the KWT clearing of Bigbury Camp
  • Will establish most of the site as a heathland habitat
  • Super insulated (300mm thick) timber frame building
  • U-values of 0.12 W/M²K
  • Locally sourced materials
  • Airtight = 0.6 air changes/hour @50pa
  • 24 kwh/m² annum heat load
  • 80 kwh/m² annum primary energy consumption
  • EPC: predicted A/A
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Hawkes Architecture are superb!  We had a great time during the design phase and enjoyed going through planning.

We felt heavily involved throughout all the design stages and loved the experience. Highest recommendation!

Graham & Sue Mitchell - Property owners

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