Shackleton Road Passivhaus

Crawley, UK







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Residents & local community

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Fatkin developed a Passivhaus housing scheme in response to an open competition for a suburban pocket site in Crawley, housing an outdated community centre. The brief called for innovative and deliverable housing meeting both Lifetime Homes and Passivhaus standards, with entrants free to suggest the most appropriate housing mix.

Fatkin’s design was a considered response to numerous constraints including root protection zones and mature trees, flood risk areas, below ground drainage and a culverted water course that restricted construction to only around 50% of the total plot. The proposal also refers to planning constraints, providing generous amenity space, and mitigating the impact on existing residents. The arrangement maintains privacy for both existing and future occupants. Fatkin worked closely with specialist Passivhaus consultants and MEP engineers to ensure the proposals incorporated the latest understanding in low-energy housing and Passivhaus systems.

The result was a modern take on the post war vernacular, a fabric first approach with robust detailing. Key features include a south facing social space to the fronts of the dwellings, a public pedestrian route away from the highway and raingarden SUDs features that screen off road parking.