Lovedon Fields, Residential

We are delighted to be working on this HAB scheme located on the edge of the historic village of King’s Worthy, just two miles from the cathedral city of Winchester in Hampshire.

The Happiness Architecture Beauty (HAB) initiative set up by Kevin McCloud in 2007 challenges the way volume housing is built in the UK. HAB aims to make homes a joy to live in by paying careful consideration to history, landscape, sustainability and community.

“The challenge for BD was to design a landscape that mediates between two different conditions; to reconcile the untamed informality of the open countryside with the intimate domestic spaces which anchor private houses within the public realm.  The result is both dense and free; richly detailed and fine-tuned but also effortless and relaxed; a project that defines the town as being ‘of’ its glorious rural setting, rather than detached from its surroundings by faceless suburban sprawl.”

— Isabel Allen, Design Director, HAB Housing

Our proposal creates a landscape plan for this semi-rural site to include allotments, a biodiverse country park area, a circular cycle path for children, wildflower meadows and a village green to enhance the development of 50 new homes on the site.

The landscape scheme completed in 2019 and has been published as an exemplar in recent book ‘Buildings in Arcadia’ by RIBA.

Client: HAB
Architects: John Pardey Architects
Landscape Budget: Confidential
Status: On Site

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“The challenge for B|D was to design a landscape that mediates between two different conditions; to reconcile the untamed informality of the open countryside with the intimate domestic spaces which anchor private houses within the public realm.”

— Isabel Allen,
Design Director, HAB Housing

© John Pardey Architects
© John Pardey Architects