Amazing Homes Renovating and refurbishing this Victorian house to create a period home with all the modern comforts and some unusual twists...
GOING GREEN Helping businesses and home owners reduce their energy bills and their carbon footprint
MAKING SPACE Using science and creativty to pull out unexpected solutions that really work
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e are multiskilled in architectural design, energy and building services engineering. This combination of science and creativity means we understand not only how to make a space attractive but also comfortable – warm, efficient and well-lit. We believe the performance of spaces is fundamental when you live or use a place every day. We start from establishing your priorities, needs and desires and then apply our technical and creative expertise to achieve these within the challenges of your site.
COMMERCIAL Our commercial services include Architectural services including surveying, sustainable architectural design, planning applications, building regulations, tendering, project assistance & support Low carbon and energy consultancy including sustainability reports & energy statements, energy audits,
non-domestic EPCs, and renewables consultancy Electrical engineering including feasibility, surveying, design, tender and installation
DOMESTIC We provide a complete creative design and planning service, from initial sketches through to instructing your builder if desired. We bring the ideas for your home to life and can advise throughout, guiding you through the construction process. Whether considering an extension or conversion, house refurbishment or new build, lighting design or renewable energy advice, our team bring the necessary skills and advice to make it happen.
OUR VALUES We take our social responsibility seriously and so we’re proud to provide pro bono advice to several community groups in our city to help them lower their energy use. Our staff also support a local environmental charity and two local green co-operatives.
CONTENTS CONTACT US CITYZEN LLP Maritime House, Basin Road North, Hove, East Sussex, BN41 1WR
4 A ROOM WITH A VIEW
A characterful domestic architectural design project
8 ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY Energy reporting and sustainability for a range of clients, including The Southern Co-operative
10 ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & RENEWABLES
Advising businesses to make the most of their energy supply
11 ADVICE & CONSULTANCY Working with Brighton Co-op to create the areaâ€™s first solar array
12 MAKING SPACE An extension and loft conversion to open up this Victorian London home
16 SERVICES FOR HEALTHCARE FACEBOOK
Designing effective space and faultfinding in the field of healthcare
18 A RURAL ESCAPE
A Grade II Listed cottage gets a modern but sympathetic extension
22 ROOM TO GROW A small extension with a big impact in this domestic architectural design project
23 SERVING THE COMMUNITY How Cityzen uses their skills and knowledge for the benefit of the local community
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WITH A VIEW Jeff, a retired set-designer, set out to create an artistic and original home. But she also needed it to be a practical space – somewhere she could carry out her business, express her creative passions and work as a welcoming home for her and her grown-up family WWW.CITYZENDESIGN.CO.UK
his five bedroom Edwardian house, sits in the attractive Queen’s Park area of Brighton As a multimedia artist and therapist, Jeff needed the home to contain both an art studio and a consulting room in which to receive clients. She also wanted the upper floor to accommodate a living area for her son, and later to become its own separate guest space where people “can make their own tea and toast in the morning if they wish to.” The Cityzen team provided full architectural services and lighting design for the project,
The “gentleman’s bathroom” left, and, below, the new dormer window
THE OFFICE/ DAYROOM Stunning views across the park are the feature of this new room
reconfiguring the whole house to completely transform the space. They also provided renewables feasibility, installing a solar hot water system which Jeff says has “substantially reduced” her bills.
BELOW The bright and characterful hallway
The original garage has become a utility room and artist’s studio, which benefits from underfloor heating to provide comfort to Jeff while she works. This room also hides the “plant room” which powers the house – including the most efficient boiler one can buy, and the solar heating store. The team specified the best insulation to improve both the thermal performance and acoustic properties of the building. Jeff says, “Even though it is a semi-detached house and connected, because of the insulation, it feels very separate. Even on a windy day,
it’s warm and peaceful inside.” On the top floor, the house has been re-roofed and two conservation dormer windows added. The eaves have been opened up at the rear of the building to enlarge the space, and in the front room LEDs have been installed to light the old wooden eaves, making these a cosy feature. On the middle floor, two bedrooms were knocked through to create a day-room, with stunning views across the park. A smart family bathroom, and master bedroom with ensuite bathroom were created
with the consulting room making up the rest of the first floor. The most significant work, in terms of structural changes, took place on the ground floor, where the chimney was removed from between the dining-room, kitchen, and lounge (substantial steel work was required) to dramatically open up the area, providing the entertaining space Jeff had always wanted. Jeff says, “We did the work in two phases for financial reasons, but also, so I could identify the things about the house that I wanted to play up. John’s very good at understanding the sort of person you are and making the suggestions you will find useful. I can then take those things and run with them. Also, they all looked after me and kept me to my budget. I’m an arty type and can get carried away but they were able to guide me back in the right direction which is hugely helpful!”
ABOVE The master bedroom with en-suite which provides views over the garden when showering
BELOW The room under the eaves and the kitchen which “throws back the light” by using mirrored backsplashes
Jeff was keen to retain the traditional features of the rooms while making them uniquely her own, adding clever details and “little tricks”. The walk-in shower in the master bedroom’s en-suite has been designed so that the user can look out over the gardens while taking a shower, and in a daily piece of magic, the light switch is activated by touching the mirror.
home, including a mirrored cupboard set within a secret snug in the second floor eaves, a space which has been claimed by young visitors as their own.
Cityzen designed hidden storage cupboards within the
The light fittings have been chosen for their character, with recessed up-lighting and trough-lighting to bring the home to life. Hidden LEDs in the kitchen create a practical yet luxurious environment and, in the evenings a projector screen slides down from the ceiling to “create a private cinema”.
The downstairs WC was moved from beneath the stairs, and has become a feature in its own right, being completely clad in stainless steel panels to evoke the “jetliner age”.
Jeff says, “I always knew that if I found a big house, I would want Cityzen to come and help me. It’s truly lovely and I’m very glad to be here.” John of Cityzen says “This project has been one of our most creatively satisfying where we have helped Jeff create dramatic and beautiful spaces on a moderate budget.”
ABOVE The unique WC is clad entirely in stainless steel and upstairs, in contrast, the “Gentleman’s Bathroom” RIGHT Characterful light fittings and specially designed lighting brings the spaces to life
ENERGY & ARCHITECTURE
ityzen helps clients demonstrate their sustainability credentials to meet increasingly stringent planning requirements for their projects.
With our combination of architectural and engineering expertise and knowledge, we are able to make recommendations specific to your scheme. For large scale developments, planning policy requires proposals to demonstrate a reduction in carbon emissions beyond those legally required by Building Regulations. We work with clients to: • • • • • •
Develop proposals with the architect or assess existing proposals Provide draft energy assessments to feed into sustainability reports or energy statements Make recommendations to the design team for reducing carbon emissions Advise on suitable renewables to meet the Be Green requirement Produce reports demonstrating the proposal meets the Energy Hierarchy: Be Lean - Be Clean - Be Green Provide BREEAM pre-assessments demonstrating that the scheme meets local planning policy
WHY DO I NEED CONSULTANT?
At Cityzen, we have an excellent understanding of energy management and assessment. We do more than simply count carbon. We produce CIBSE-accredited, tailored reports to deliver real value to your business. The recommendations we make are based on sound knowledge of what works in practice and will enable you to take simple steps towards saving energy, reducing running costs and minimising waste. We can undertake feasibility studies and costbenefit analysis of building fabric modifications and the use of renewable technologies. We can calculate the carbon footprints of your buildings for reporting and monitoring. We can help you cut your energy costs and carbon emissions.
THE SOUTHERN CO-OPERATIVE The estate survey comprises of site Energy Surveys to assess the building’s fabric and building services for opportunities to improve performance. Many stores are converted buildings, once being pubs, hotels, or banks, and therefore are often older buildings that would benefit from insulation upgrades.
The Southern Co-operative operates around 210 community stores and funeral homes and covers: Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex, Devon, Bristol and Wiltshire. With a focus on responsible and ethical retailing, the group wanted to understand their current energy use and start producing an annual Corporate Carbon Footprint. This monitoring and reporting would enable them to highlight any opportunities for carbon reduction or for reducing running costs, as well as establishing a baseline from which to report their improvements. In partnership with a local charity, Cityzen were procured to carry out an estate survey of all The Southern Co-operative’s food retail stores, florists and funeral homes.
The Cityzen team compare the building to national benchmarks and identify potential site specific improvements. This commences with estimated heat loss calculations to model opportunities for energy saving, and may include building fabric or services upgrade, sub-metering, controls and PV feasibility calculation where appropriate. Recommendations are supported with financial calculations. The group is undergoing a reformatting of stores and is benefiting from the considerable savings from LED lighting and high performance refrigeration units with doors. Cityzen have been working with The Southern Co-operative since 2011 to source all the diverse information required for a Corporate Carbon Footprint . The footprint puts the company in a good position for mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting, covering emissions arising from energy use, waste and recycling, refrigerants, and travel. Having a baseline year for emissions allows the company to understand where it can make changes to benefit both its business and demonstrate its contribution to the UK reduction targets.
MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT
A NEW HOUSING AND RETAIL DEVELOPMENT requiring demonstration of BREEAM Very Good and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Level 3. After producing draft SAP and SBEM energy assessments Cityzen was able to advise the architect on the required building fabric performance specification, and provided the pre-assessments for the CSH Level 3 and BREEAM Very Good. Also provided were: • Sustainability check-list • Water efficiency calculations – inclusion of rain water harvesting feasibility This package enabled the client to demonstrate that they could meet the requirements for planning.
LONDON CARE HOME
ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY
THIS GRADE I LISTED historic landmark in London is being converted from offices and extended to form a luxury hotel of over 17,000m2. The developers must demonstrate a BREEAM “Excellent” rating, complete the London Plan Energy Statement demonstrating carbon reductions from the energy efficiency measures, decentralised energy and a 20% energy contribution from on-site renewables. This is a high requirement and is additionally complicated by the constraints the building’s Listed status. Cityzen produced an energy assessment based on the architect’s drawings and draft building services specification. To acheive lower energy demand, Target U values for the building fabric performance were recommended. Connection to a district heating system and gas CHP on-site further reduced the carbon emissions, and finally a PV array was found to be technically feasible, if not constrained by the Listed building status.
WORKING ON A CONSTRAINED SITE within the London boroughs, this new build care home was given the stringent requirement of reducing emissions by 20% beyond the energy efficient scenario through the use of on-site renewables.
Cityzen have assessed the design team’s proposals and made recommendations on how to achieve further marks in terms of water efficiency, construction standards, sustainability of materials, biodiversity and pollution prevention.
Cityzen negotiated with the London Energy Partnership to agree an appropriate renewables scheme and produced a report that meant that the building achieved its necessary energy assessment and met the planning requirements.
Cityzen’s reports demonstrated that these stringent requirements for the building could be met and planning permission was granted in August 2013.
BUILDING SERVICES CONSULTANCY
LEFT The new PV panels on the school roof ABOVE New ground cabling BELOW Solar output at the school
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & RENEWABLES When a large private school started to over-reach their mains electricity supply, they approached the Cityzen team for assistance
he school had expanded on its site in recent years building new classrooms and a gym. The increased electrical load had led to concerns about power outages.
Cityzen led the works to upgrade the mains electricity. Initiating discussions with the regional electricity distributor and obtaining a survey that established the local substation required upgrading. This resulted in major works both in terms of electrical but also ground works to lay the new mains cables across the school site. Cityzen coordinated the contractors, distribution network and electrical supplier visits ensuring works were commenced and completed within a two-week school holiday period.
At other sites Cityzen has produced electrical drawings and specifications for tender procedures to enable the school to appoint the most suitable contractors for electrical testing and upgrade works. Once contractors were on site Cityzen provided the school with advice and checking of contractors’ works. Cityzen’s architectural experience comes into play with these schools all being within Conservation Areas and several sites being Listed Status, thus works require Listed Building Consent and appropriate detailing. The school subsequently decided to take advantage of the Feed-in Tariff available from solar PV and to supplement the large demand on the site. Cityzen provided the school with confidence that the scheme would be sized appropriately by producing a solar feasibility to establish the electrical demand and potential generation, providing the drawings and obtaining planning permission, and obtaining quotes from various installers. This was installed during a half-term week, causing minimal disruption to the students and staff. The school is looking at payback within six years at current performance. Cityzen has continued to provide independent advice on solar PV and has been an advisor to Brighton Energy Cooperative, providing engineering, energy assessments and architectural services. Cityzen’s John Smith explains, “As a team we are committed to the idea of community energy generation, so we were pleased to be able to provide services to Brighton Energy Co-op assisting them with their first three sites.”
BUILDING SERVICES CONSULTANCY
ADVICE & CONSULTANCY
he Brighton Energy Co-operative’s (BEC) vision is to reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions by generating green electricity locally and helping keep money within the local economy through their share offer. Cityzen has been working with BEC since late 2010 to help them reach their goal
of becoming a local energy generator.
BELOW Ministers being shown the solar array installed on local businesses’ roofs
We provided advice and consultancy on system design and configuration, along with Energy Performance Certification to enable them to get the Government’s ‘Feed in Tariff‘, and planning and building control submissions. The total system was sized
to generate over 130kWp and is currently outperforming their expectations. The largest installation is at Hove Enterprise Centre within Shoreham Port, where we helped BEC develop a system of more than 350 panels spread over seven roofs. The second installation is on the roof of City Coast Church in Portslade, this is a 35kWp system composed of more than 140 panels. The third array is at St George’s Church in Kemptown, this is a 10kWp array. All of the above systems provide the buildings and some of the tenants with cheap, renewable electricity, helping to reduce their energy bills and their carbon footprints’. Cityzen is still working with BEC to create a new 400kWp system, tripling the size of their generation system, this will start to come on line in early 2014.
MAKING SPACE One familyâ€™s plan to give their Victorian London home the space they needed
THE NEW SHOWER ROOM The light-filled showerroom that now adjoins the master bedroom
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FAR LEFT Before: Louise and friend in the old cramped kitchen. After: The friends catch up in the new space. “The kitchen was transformed.”
LEFT The new second staircase leading up to the added floor, where the master bedroom and the brightly lit en-suite shower-room can now be found
hen Craig and Louise found out that they were expecting their second child, they realised that they needed to either move house or find a way of creating some extra living space in their existing home. The couple lived in East London with their 18-month old toddler and were keen to stay in their Victorian two-bedroom semi but knew the existing set-up wasn’t going to work for them.
BELOW The loft has been converted into an airy bedroom with ensuite shower, giving the family the extra bedroom they needed
wasn’t working.” The lack of any tidy grown-up space was also beginning to get to them. “Our lounge had been taken over by children’s toys and we knew that with another baby on the way, the clutter wasn’t going anywhere! We wanted a place we could sit and relax at the end of the day once the kids were in bed.” Upstairs the family only had the one bathroom and were in need of more bedrooms. So they
decided it was time to make a change.
MAKING THE CHANGE The Cityzen team looked at the problems the family were having with their home and worked out how to make the best use of the space. The solution was to reconfigure the ground floor of the house. Cityzen expanded into empty space at the side of the house by designing an infill extension
THE HOUSE The house had a traditional layout with a front-room lounge, a separate dining-room, and a long narrow corridor leading back to a small kitchen at the rear of the house. “Cooking in our tiny kitchen with a toddler to keep an eye on was difficult,” says Louise. “And we’d end up either eating in the lounge off our laps or in the formal dining-room. It just
and increased the property’s length by incorporating an old outside toilet (which the family were using as garden storage) into the main building.
ABOVE The old dining room, kitchen and ouside loo have been converted into a large kitchen-dining area and lounge
The dining-room was opened up to become part of the new extension, which created one large bright kitchen-dining and lounge area.
in the space and value of the property.
A NEW HOME “The kitchen was transformed,” says Louise. The use of roof lights and double glass doors opening up onto decking means
The original lounge at the front of the house was kept for the couple to use as their relaxed “grown-up space”. Upstairs, the loft converted into an airy master bedroom with an attractive ensuite shower-room, turning the two bedroom, one bathroom home into a much bigger three bedroom, two bathroom property - a substantial increase
the space is filled with natural light and the family can make full use of their garden.
RIGHT Cityzen’s concept 3-D visual
Louise and Craig can cook while the children play in the garden, watch TV in their new family lounge or draw and read at the
Cityzen turned what could have been a stressful project into an informative and personable experience. I cannot recommend them highly enough
RIGHT The old garden and the new. Louise and Craig can cook while the children play in the garden
large kitchen table.
to be able to enjoy their home.” John adds that “The satisfaction in our work comes from actually creating a space that gives the client the home and lifestyle they’ve always wanted. So this was a great project to work on.”
Mealtimes have become a true family occasion in the new kitchen dining area. Craig and Louise also now love to cook and have friends and family round to entertain.
Louise says she’s delighted that they decided to have the work
MAKING IT HAPPEN
done and with their new home. “Through the consultation and planning Cityzen turned what could have been a stressful renovation project into an informative and personable experience.” She adds, “I really cannot recommend them highly enough.”
John Smith of Cityzen says: “Our initial consultations with the local council indicated there could be some issues with getting planning approval. However we negotiated and worked with the planners to make sure that Craig and Louise were able to make the changes to their home that they wanted.” “The layout of the Victorian house meant Craig and Louise were struggling for space that worked for them. They wanted
RIGHT Plans to convert the space with a side and rear extension
Cityzen provide commercial architectural design for a variety of businesses. GP SURGERY, SUSSEX Cityzen were contracted to reconfigure and refurbish this busy GP surgery to cope with their increased demand. The GP surgery was housed in an old Victorian school with a busy flow of patients and over 20 staff. The practice comprised of four consulting rooms with a large waiting area on the ground floor and office space above on the first floor. As the practice had grown, they had expanded into a two-storey portacabin in the carpark, which housed a meeting room, the managerâ€™s office and an additional consulting room. The portacabin was cold and inefficient, with poor access and it also restricted car parking. The temporary structure had been in place for a couple of years and was an unsatisfactory way of working for both the staff and patients. The existing layout was disjointed and they needed more consulting rooms and admin space, with a better reception area, where the existing positioning meant some of the waiting room could not be observed. Cityzen presented five options of how to create more usable space for the surgery. To keep costs down, all options were worked within the current building structure. Plans were drawn up to provide two additional consulting rooms. The existing consulting rooms and large waiting area were consolidated to remove dead space. A new location for the reception meant that public areas and consulting room entrances could be observed, while the high-ceilinged waiting area was kept as a feature. A secure staff area with better security and access, a managerâ€™s office and a new staff WC was installed. An extra meeting room was added upstairs to make better use of the administration space. The new improved building provided this busy surgery with an environment which enabled better working practice and flow and the space to comfortably meet any future increased demand.
FAULT FINDING & SOLUTIONS CITYZEN WERE CALLED IN to investigate an overheating issue in a new hospital, where staff and office areas, as well as the waiting-room were becoming too hot. Cityzen were asked to carry out a visual inspection to identify the issues and potential solutions, providing the pros, cons, costings and effectiveness of each. The team identified a number of solutions to reduce the heat levels. They included: the introduction of solar shading, the use of solar film on windows, improved systems for the openable windows and increased capacity of the extract system and additional insulation. In a separate hospital, a large south-facing glass facade in the central atrium was the cause of overheating on the uppermost floors.
HOSPITAL WARDS Designing effective space THIS MODERN DISTRICT HOSPITAL provides a comprehensive range of services for all ages. Cityzen were employed to reconfigure three of the wards to improve patient care by both increasing the number of beds and providing more privacy for the patients. The hospital is a four-level building built in the 1970s. Our team were briefed to come up with the most efficient layout to maximise patient capacity whilst also improving staff facilities.
Cityzen recommended behaviour change to make best use of the facilities, the use of window film and additional supply and extract systems to reduce the hot air. Also, additional generator controls were needed to ensure the control systems were communicating with each other and provide back-up in the instance of a power failure. And specialist fumigation was specified within the dental clinic to reduce fumes within the working environment. SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING Cityzen were contracted to look at a number of healthcare buildings to produce custom Sustainability Reports. The team assessed the building fabric and how energy was being used throughout the buildings, seeking opportunities for reducing energy demand and running costs.
The new design provided break-out spaces, more storage and a better workflow for staff. Standard single patient bedrooms with ensuite facilities were developed which would meet the minimum space requirement and allow access for specific medical equipment. An effective space was created, which met the hospitalâ€™s needs while adhering to strict guidelines.
A RURAL ESCAPE WWW.CITYZENDESIGN.CO.UK
When Pete and Delga saw ’For Sale’ boards go up in their road for an old derelict cottage, they immediately knew they wanted to have a look around
The design has been developed to tie the internal spaces to the unique landscape and embrace the differing experiences of the site
The cottage sits in the midst of Green Belt land and is accessed by its own private road. The site contains an apple orchard, sunken chalkpit, spacious gardens and mature hedgerows, with views of open fields and countryside. The spot has a naturally secluded and wild feel, despite being within the London commuter belt and close to the busy market town of St Albans. Originally three separate farm-worker’s cottages, the Grade II Listed building has gone through many alterations since it was originally built, first expanding and then once
he couple, with their four children, were renting a house in the lovely Hertfordshire countryside when the cottage came onto the market. Already looking to find a permanent family home in the area, the 400 year-old cottage with its accompanying 1½ acres of land presented them with an exciting new possibility to consider.
again contracting to reflect the fashions of the time. The structure had been damaged by previous interventions and lain uninhabited for 10 years, thus had falling into quite a state of disrepair. Stuart Chapman of Cityzen says: “We knew we needed a really innovative contemporary design to both enhance and contribute to the building, its history and its setting. Pete and Delga wanted a family home so needed two more bedrooms (to create five in total) and additional floorspace. Our aim was to make the cottage both habitable and beautiful again.”
ABOVE The new family room at the back of the house with large picture window and extending deck
RIGHT The house started life as three farm worker’s cottages before becoming one property
BELOW The building has been altered and added to several times
A NEW DESIGN Stuart’s design is a renovation of the existing cottage with a single-storey side extension. The new extension connects to the building via a glazed link which provides a visual break between the old and new forms. The extension provides the family with one extra bedroom, a ground floor shower-room/ WC, plus a large airy family room, with views out across the gardens and tree-lined chalk pit. The new layout opens out the kitchen space, and provides a separate scullery and utility room to suit the large family. Making up the rest of the ground floor is a large lounge, with its original inglenook fireplace, an entry hallway, and dining room. Upstairs, three bedrooms have become four and an ensuite bathroom has been added to the master suite. Stuart says: “The new design
BELOW Stuart’s model of the cottage with its new extension and views out over the wooded chalk pit
has been developed to tie the internal spaces to the unique landscape and to embrace the differing experiences of the site. To the east, it compliments the historic context of the existing cottage and encourages use of the gardens and orchard. To the west, the design embraces the dramatic topography of the old chalk pits with a decked area extending out over the slope.”
CHOOSING MATERIALS A simple palette of materials has been chosen to echo other similar historic buildings in the local area. Additionally the house incorporates a number of green technologies, including PV panels sensitively placed on the garage roof, a biomass boiler to supply heating and hot water,
natural insulation, and a green roof to add to the biodiversity of the site. Stuart says: “We got very excited discussing how the family hoped to use their home and how we could make this a part of the design. As well as a more general wish to create a lovely place for their children to grow up, they specifically knew they wanted to be able to sit together in the family room and watch the evening sunset over the woodland.” He adds: “It’s wonderful to be able to take a building like this one, which after hundreds of years has fallen into a state of disrepair, and work out how to make it into a home again.”
We knew we needed a really innovative contemporary design to enhance and contribute to the existing building, its history and its setting
ABOVE The new side extension which connects to the main house via a glazed link
RIGHT The cottage is found down a private track and has a naturally secluded and wild feel to it
LEFT The existing halftimbered interior is complimented by the new design
LEFT Before and After. With just a 3m2 micro-extension, the family were able to get enough room for the new kitchen and utility space they wanted
BELOW The back of the house with new doors opening out onto the decking
ROOM TO GROW Paula and Bill didn’t think getting more space was possible in their current home until Cityzen proposed a micro-extension and reconfiguration that would change everything
aula and Bill live with their three children in a 1940s end-ofterrace house. They needed space for their family to spread-out in but the property had already been extended (by previous owners) so they felt stuck. Cityzen took a creative approach to the problem, finding an unused corner of the site to turn into living space.
Bill says, “The Cityzen team totally understood our needs and gave us a number of options of how to make the best use of the space. Their guidance gave us the freedom to plan and choose exactly what we wanted for our home. 2
“With a 3m micro-extension we were able to open out our kitchen and dining space and add in a downstairs WC and utility room.
“The extra space and new layout has had a massive impact on our lives and how we use our home. We can get the whole family into one space and family mealtimes are easier. We also love having people over and don’t have to keep popping out of the room to check the oven anymore which makes socialising much more relaxing. Paula now enjoys using the kitchen so much, she has turned into a baking queen! “We love our new extension and it’s everything we wanted for our home.”
BELOW The new kitchen dining space where Paula and Bill enjoy family mealtimes and socialising
SERVING THE COMMUNITY We believe in making a positive impact by using our skills and knowledge to provide local residents with opportunities for a more sustainable future
ityzen has worked with a number of local charities and community groups to provide architectural advice, building regulation packages and energy reporting. We were the nominated consultant for the non-domestic works for the Governmentâ€™s Local Energy Assessment Fund and provided 12 Energy Audit Reports, assessing existing energy usage, building fabric and equipment installed. Each building report provided an evaluation of the energy use, with recommendations for future works showing where savings could be made. Cityzen also gave each site a solar assessment, to
see if the roof was suitable for Brighton Energy Co-opâ€™s future community solar electricity generation project.
ABOVE LEFT Heat loss graphic to aid understanding for users of a local building
As a pro-bono project we have been helping the Hanover 10:10 group to make the Hanover Community Centre a showcase for local residents to see what energy saving can be achieved with an old solidwalled building.
ABOVE RIGHT 3-D visualisation of the newly designed mezzanine and John gets to work wiring LED lighting
Since our initial report was provided, the centre has started to implement the findings and has installed insulation, draught proofing and LED lighting to parts of the building. The building has been part of the Brighton & Hove Eco Open Houses event.
BELOW Evaluating the energy use of a local community centre
Not afraid of getting our hands dirty our staff have also volunteered during retrofit days helping the Hanover team insulating pipework and installing LED lights. We are now working to insulate the main hall ceiling and design a new mezzanine meeting room and continually improve the centre as budgets allow.