Who’s who of architects reveal plans for 700-home timber scheme in Lewes

The Architects’ Journal
February 6, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A development team led by two former Greenpeace chiefs and including practices Archio, Ash Sakula, Charles Holland, Mae and Mole have revealed plans for a sustainable 700-home scheme in East Sussex. Masterplanned by Periscope, the £430 million Phoenix project for developer Human Nature aims to create the UK’s largest timber neighbourhood on a 7.9ha brownfield site in Lewes. Among the other design firms on the riverside job are Adam Richards Architects, emerging practices Al-Jawad Pike and TDO with sustainability experts Material Cultures and local outfit Rabble. Lewes-based Human Nature, which was founded by ex-Greenpeace Directors Michael Manolson and Jonathan Smales, is also working with Kathryn Firth of Arup, environmental engineers Atelier Ten, flood and civil engineers Expedition, and timber engineers Whitby Wood. …The housing project on the banks of the Ouse will be constructed from timber cassettes, insulated by bio-based fibres and ‘embellished’ with other low-carbon and repurposed materials.

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