Located in the private grounds of the historic Seaford College, Lavington Park, West Sussex, comprises 18 spectacular homes including two, three, four and five bedrooms.
The homes were completed in 2014/2015 and unsurprisingly, due to the high quality finish, the site was shortlisted for the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2015, under the large scale residential category.
Generously proportioned, the exclusive properties have been designed and constructed to implement all of the contemporary features of 21st Century living however, whilst maintaining the intact surroundings of the South Downs National Park.
The construction and design teams carefully assessed the exteriors of residential buildings within the surrounding villages, in order to select an appropriate palette of materials. Quarried stone and coursed flint work with brick quoins and dressings are commonly found as are tile hangings to the first floor elevations. Roofs are commonly steeply pitched and covered with clay tiles.
Local materials were utilised in the construction of Lavington Park, such as flint and slate, as well as reclaimed and recycled materials. The properties benefit from environmentally friendly resources such as separate waste bins for effortless recycling, water butts to harvest rainwater, and a communal bank of solar panels.
The properties boast special features such as open plan kitchens – offering an impressive amount of space for entertaining – and breakfast rooms, ideal for a more intimate dining experience. High quality German kitchens are complimented by composite stone worktops with upstands and stainless steel caple cooker hood.
Impressive oak staircases link the storeys together, with a beautiful oak finish to internal doors and authentic open fireplaces and chimneys. Homes are furnished with stylish family bathrooms and all master bedrooms include en-suites.
Lavington Park emphasises classic and traditional designs, with feature wood work, arched brickwork frames and contrasting materials to create a statement – whilst maintaining sophistication. Landscaped front gardens and turfed rear gardens surround the eye-catching properties, conveying the stunning exterior to meet the high standards of the interiors.
400 acres of breath-taking parkland enclose the traditional-looking homes, promising a serene, rural lifestyle. The land is made up of open farmland and the college playing fields, with a central courtyard, and the farmers’ ancient right to drive sheep through has been maintained and respected.
Locals can explore the many various footpaths which are hundreds of years old, as they enter and cross through woodland, or walk along the tranquil river valleys for a peaceful visit. It is also possible to ride the bridleways on horseback or set out on a cycling expedition leading to the historical castles and ancient ruins.
Premier Construction caught up with Chris Warner, of Shanly Homes. When asked how important it was for him to have been recognised at the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, he replied:
“We are proud to have been recognised in this way; to be honoured for having added to the local area with a well-designed and crafted development in such a lovely part of Sussex, is a great feeling for all those involved. The site was complex so for the Sussex Heritage Awards to feel that we have enhanced the area with lovely homes and worked with the local community is a wonderful achievement.”
Established in 1969 by Michael Shanly, Shanly Homes has grown considerably and now comprises three business operations: Shanly Homes, Sorbon Estates and Shanly Partnership Homes. The company has a fantastic reputation for maintaining a commitment to building high specification, sustainable, architecturally innovative homes in attractive locations.
Shanly Homes maintains a strong emphasis on traditional building techniques, ensuring that sustainable features are consistently integrated within the homes that they build. Combining quality with innovation is their company ethos, whilst also giving something back to the community through providing new homes whilst also enhancing the community spirit.