During World War II, 19-31 Basin Road in Chichester fell victim to bombings, leaving a gap in the terrace houses running along the street. Since then, this gap has remained, with the site most recently used as a car park for the Law Courts. We purchased the site from the District Council and set out to secure planning permission for three new homes and the refurbishment of no. 31.
Careful design considerations were applied to the planning application to ensure the finished build would blend in with the historic neighbouring properties. The materials used had to be pre-approved by the local Planning Department and the Conservation Officer, and we were receptive to their suggestions on timber sash windows, brick choices and roof tiles. Before we started, an archaeological survey uncovered a Roman ditch containing pottery remains. All artefacts were carefully documented and we then progressed with groundworks under the conservationist’s watchful eye.
Despite the challenges of building on a main road, the project was completed on time and budget; and, as a result of our close communication, with minimal disruption to our neighbours. The look and feel of the properties sit sympathetically within the historic setting and yet provide the facilities we expect from our homes 100 years after the original ones were constructed.
What people say about us
Mark Seeley, BSc (Hons) MRICS, Senior Project Manager, JM Partnership (Surveyors) Ltd
We have worked with King & Drury on a number of projects and have always been impressed with their professionalism and attention to detail. We look forward to working with the team again in the future.