• The rear of Crossway, a PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • The rear of Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Cladding finishes at the entrance of Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Ground floor plans of Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • The staircase at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Constrution of the arch at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Crossway living room. Crossway is a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Aerial view at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Interior showing the arch at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Crossway master bedroom. Crossway is a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Garden view of Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • First floor plans of Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Interior showing the staircase at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • The family bathroom at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Crossway in the sno. Crossway is a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • The dining room at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • The guest bathroom at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Exterior of Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • The guest bedroom at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • The hidden room at Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Back elevation of Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on channel 4's Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
Crossway, a large PPS 7 family home in Staplehurst. Designed by Hawkes Architecture and featured on Grand Designs, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.

Crossway  PPS 7

Designed by inspirational architect Richard Hawkes. Crossway features the UK's only timbrel vaulted, parabolic arch, hand-made using 26,000 clay tiles. The property has been nominated for numerous awards and is now a celebrated landmark in the Kent countryside.

The sustainable project appeared on Grand Designs and is known to be one of Kevin McCloud's favourite buildings. Made possible by PPS 7 (Paragraph 55) policy, this one-of-a-kind property has also achieved 'Passive Haus' certification, testament to its build quality and clever design.

Super insulated and sustainably built from locally sourced materials, this eco-house makes a yearly profit from its class leading renewable technology and it's energy efficiency is monitored by students at Cambridge University.

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Data

  • Location: Staplehurst
  • Planning Authority: Maidstone
  • Consent: Granted 2007
  • Type of Project: PPS 7 New Build
  • Build Program: 12 Months
  • Gross Internal Floorspace: 285m²
  • Cost: £0.5m
  • Status: Completed 2009

Technology

  • 3.5 kW Photo-voltaic thermal system
  • 4.5 kW Photo-voltaic array
  • MVHR heat recovery ventilation system
  • 11 kW Biomass boiler
  • Immersun
  • 12 kW Li-ion battery storage
  • 220v Voltage optimisation
  • 2x 300 ltr Joule thermal store
  • 500m³ Rainwater harvesting
  • PCM thermal-mass board
  • Triple glazed
  • LED lighting throughout

Facts

  • Certified passive-house
  • No yearly utility costs
  • FIT & RHI yield a yearly profit of £150
  • 26,000 Hand-made clay tiles
  • Locally sourced materials
  • Super insulated (300mm thick) timber frame building
  • 10 Tons of recycled newspaper insulation
  • Crushed recycled glass flooring
  • 14.8 kWh/m² annum heat load
  • 59.3 kWh/m² primary energy consumption
  • EPC: A/A
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We don’t get cabin fever in spring, the house Hawkes Architecture built protects us robustly from the weather all year round!

Sophie Hawkes - Property owner

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