Cliff Top House is a sustainable Para 55 Passivhaus, designed by Hawkes Architecture.
  • Entrance to Cliff Top House, a large Para 55 family home. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame Passivhaus will utilize the very latest renewable technology. The bedroom at Cliff Top House, a large Para 55 family home. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame Passivhaus will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • Entrance to Cliff Top House, a Para 55 family home. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame Passivhaus will utilize the very latest renewable technology. The bedroom at Cliff Top House, a large Para 55 family home. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame Passivhaus will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • Aerial view of Cliff Top House, a large Para 55 family home. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame Passivhaus will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • Cliff Top House plan drawings. Cliff Top House is a large Para 55 family home. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame Passivhaus will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • The bedroom at Cliff Top House, a large Para 55 family home. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame Passivhaus will utilize the very latest renewable technology. Entrance to Cliff Top House, a large Para 55 family home. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame Passivhaus will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • The profile elevation of Cliff Top House. Cliff Top House is a large Para 55 family home. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame Passivhaus will utilize the very latest renewable technology.

Cliff Top House Para 55

Located 70m from the edge of the country, adjacent to arguably the most iconic defining characteristic of the British Isles, 'The White Cliffs of Dover', this stunning new dwelling was allowed at Appeal in July 2017.

The Para 55 site is within the Kent Downs AONB, Heritage Coast and is immediately adjacent to the Saxon Shore Way SSSI.

The principal strategy was to stitch the site and building into the calcareous grasslands and chalky cliff tops. The curved building provides south facing amenity space and allows seascape views out to both the east and west. Along the inside of the internal curve facade, an integrated ‘Solar Wall’ will feed warm air into the MVHR system, thus reducing the heating requirements of the house.

Project Data

  • Location: The Leas
  • Designated Area: AONB | SSSI
  • Planning Authority: Dover DC
  • Consent: Appeal | Granted 2017
  • Type of Project: Para 55 New Build
  • Build Program: 12 Months
  • Gross Internal Floorspace: 285m²
  • Cost: £0.8m
  • Status: Construction begins in 2018

Technology

  • 6 kW Photo-voltaic thermal system
  • MVHR Heat recovery system
  • Integrated 'Solar Wall' technology
  • 22 kW Biomass boiler
  • Earth energy bank (EEB) inter-seasonal heat store
  • Eddi PV to DHW technology
  • Li-ion battery storage
  • 220v Voltage optimisation
  • Joule thermal store
  • Triple glazed
  • Low energy appliances & lighting throughout

Facts

  • Passive solar design
  • Super insulated (300mm thick) timber frame building
  • U-values of 0.12 W/M²K
  • Locally sourced materials
  • Airtight = 0.6 air changes/hour @50pa
  • 25 kWh/m² Annum heat load
  • Circa 80 kWh/m² Primary energy consumption
  • EPC: Predicted A/A

Project Associates

Hughes Planning Squires Young

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