The first of our Whitstable Approaches projects, Haddo Yard occupies an important position in the town. The new building stands immediately opposite the train station and makes the most of what is an unusual opportunity to establish a distinct visual presence on this prominent site.
We worked closely with Denizen Works to devise an architecture inflected with Whitstable’s built heritage but which honestly acknowledges the site’s largely 20th Century context.
The building combines references to the local vernacular architecture with a heightened refinement and civic generosity appropriate for a building which addresses the main station and which will help shape the first impression of Whitstable for many visitors.
Decoration is provided by bespoke dark glazed terracotta faience tiles, the geometric relief of which echo the roofline of the building and gables of the town.
Internally, painted panelling, poured concrete floors, locally made ply kitchens, and bespoke joinery give the private spaces a rich textural character. The apartments also benefit from allocated parking, private and shared gardens, full height aluminium/timber composite glazing, frameless roof lights, high-quality fittings and appliances, and underfloor heating throughout.
The concrete construction provides excellent acoustic separation and an unusually robust feel to the upper stories, and the thermal properties of the building will make it easy and economical to heat.
Photos by David Barbour and Denizen Works