Kings Road Affordable Flats
for Havebury Housing Partnership


RIBA East Sustainability Award 2009

Suffolk Association of Architects Design Award 2009

Shortlisted for RIBA Award 2009 and Grand Designs Award 2009

A three storey block of twelve social housing flats on the edge of the conservation area in central Bury St Edmunds. Built in 2008 to Code level 4+ of the Code for Sustainable Homes, it is an exemplar of sustainable design.

The project combines timber construction, low technology M + E services and plant life which creates a beautiful low energy, ecological building. Full height planting screens support wisteria and clematis which give identity and seasonal change to the building.

The mature wisteria and clematis grow up the screen framework of stainless steel cables on the timber frame. Tests showed that the surface temperature on the cladding behind the screen is reduced by approximately 2 degrees C on a sunny day.