Award Winning Sustainable New Build Sussex Seafront Home

Sussex Heritage Trust Award Winner 2019.

This replacement family house, on a prominent sea front location, is a fusion of the Arts and Crafts forms and Dutch colonial references.

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The Project

This new build beach house is located on a private beach estate with direct beach access and stunning sea views.

Looking towards the southern elevation, there is a complex gambrel roof structure. The roof is finished in a mixture of natural grey slates and matching photovoltaic panels to blend seamlessly with the slate roof.

The house is of traditional construction using a palette of high quality materials whilst incorporating many latest technologies including a house automation system.

The swimming pool and house will be heated by a ground source heat pump, which harnesses the naturally occurring heat stored in the ground via eight 127 metre deep bore-holes. The heat pump then increases the temperature, and this heat is used to provide home heating and hot water. Visit for more information on Boreholes for GSHP.

The photovoltaic roof slates will convert the natural sunlight into electricity, and at times of no demand this electricity will be stored in Moixa smart batteries for use when required.

Nicholls Countryside Construction, once again, worked with Pullen & Wells Architects to build this new home.


Client Testimonial

sussex heritage trust award winner 2019

“Our project with Nicholls was the demolition of an existing house and a replacement house built in a coastal location. We had never done this before, but right from our first meeting with Richard we could tell that Nicholls pride themselves on excellent quality work and Richard has an admirable can do attitude that means any new concept is of great interest to them and in fact they enjoy working through new challenges. We felt confident they were the right people to fulfill the project and that has proved very much so to be the case.

Nicholls Boreholes expertise was much appreciated as we have a ground source heat pump. Renewable energy technology was important to us, e.g. solar slates and battery storage were included. Home automation technology was used throughout. From a build perspective the coastal location had certain requirements and this was always brought to our attention. Our other main requirement was accessibility, our lift is Nicholls first and they were really proactive in their concern that accessibility should always be at the forefront of the build.

The Nicholls team both on site and in the office were without exception polite, helpful and professional. This attitude in addition to their pride in craftsmanship and attention to detail meant that we maintained an excellent relationship with them even at the end of the build. Snagging has been a lot better than our previous experiences with national house builders. We would happily recommend Nicholls.”