Newsletter 08 / by Morgan Carn Partnership

New Aloes Gibraltar

Climbing up the steep hillside this beautiful 7-bedroom house is perched high on the Rock of Gibraltar. A series of stepped volumes flow down the hillside, with each of the 4 levels framing particular aspects of the incredible bay views. Upon entering at the lowest level a journey up and through the building unfolds, gradually revealing the scale and drama of the house and setting. Several large external garden terraces flow seamlessly with the highly glazed internal spaces, each threaded together with lush indigenous planting and tranquil infinity pools.

24 Tower Road Brighton

A seemingly ordinary brief for an end of terrace house has resulted in a stunning contemporary family home. The result is a bold yet elegant pavilion, which makes a virtue of its prominent corner location and compliments the sensitive conservation area setting. Whilst picking up on the stepping rhythm of the adjoining 1970’s terrace a key decision was to ‘invert’ the home to provide upper floor living spaces elevated into the canopy of mature trees and enjoying panoramic views over Queens Park. The clarity and refinement of the house has gained it many supporters, including a unanimous approval from the planning committee.

St Josephs Guildford

The first of two significant new building phases to expand the primary school from 2FE to 3FE has just been handed over. After extensive consultation it was agreed that the demolition of around half of the existing substandard building stock was required to make way for a new masterplan delivered in several phases. An off- site light steel modular system has helped deliver the BREEAM ‘very good’ building. Phase 2 has just commenced on site and is expected to complete in April 2015.

Cardinal Newman Sixth Form College Hove

The new sixth form is nearing completion with hand-over expected in October. As a key element of our campus masterplan the building stitches into the existing fabric and anticipates future expansion scenarios. Morgan Carn provided a full architectural service for facilities including classrooms for 200 new students, major spaces such as a lecture theatre, library, learning resource centre and a café that opens out onto a new external courtyard. The concept for a more adult orientated learning environment has led to a series of flexible and uplifting learning and social spaces.

Former Parker Pen Site Newhaven

A proposal for 145 homes on a strategically important site in Newhaven’s Eastside has been submitted for planning approval. Unlike many inward looking mass-market housing schemes the approach has been to integrate with the challenging context, drawing currently isolated housing areas into a sustainable new urban quarter with an extended green space at its heart. A determination to bring wider benefits to new and existing residents has also helped to gain broad local support. Recent confirmation of funding for major flood defence works will allow further homes to benefit from the solid foundations that our masterplan vision has laid down.

Awards

A ‘Highly Commended’ in the Sussex Heritage Awards 2014 recognises the quality of the community facilities and the sensitivity with which it relates to the town centre. The centre has proven immensely popular and has attracted a wide range of users. The apparent simplicity of the scheme belies the complexity of the tight split- level site and the requirement to connect into the adjacent civic offices. The main 300 seat multifunctional hall has become a valuable community resource offering diverse facilities ranging from theatrical performances, concerts, conferences, to large formal dining events.

Congratulations to Lily Carver, Architecture (left) and Alex Carron-Brown, Interior Architecture (right), third year degree students at the University of Brighton, who have won this years Morgan Carn Award for Design Excellence. The award recognises the hard work and talent of the students and is an annual event.