Bigbury Hollow PPS 7

The underground house, aptly named Bigbury Hollow, is flooded with daylight via two large terraced courtyards between the buildings two subterranean wings.

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 house is also equipped with a car lift to provide access to an underground garage and enable level access throughout the house.

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Planning Approval

The planning application for this unique project was granted by Canterbury Council in 2012, under under the National Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS 7). This policy has now been replaced by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 79 which sets out the Government's policy for rural development in the open countryside, towns and villages.

Project Details

Consent  
2012 Canterbury Council

Designated Area  
Open Countryside

Project Type  
PPS 7 - New Build

Floorspace & Cost  
400m² - £2850 psm

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Model of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Sunken courtyard at Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Architect section drawings of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Construction progress at Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Model of the car lift at Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Plans of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
South elevation of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Courtyard construction at Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Model cross section of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Bedroom render of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Interior construction at Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Aerial picture of the model of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Kitchen render of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Aerial view of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Early construction at Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.
Early concepts of Bigbury Hollow, a PPS 7 underground house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient passivhaus will utilise the latest renewable technology.