Sussex Pool House Ardingly, Sussex
  • New build timber-clad pavilion (110 sq m )
  • Natural mineral water swimming pool
  • Low energy building
  • Wildflower meadow roof
  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Architecture
  • Landscape design
  • Project Management
  • Interior Design
  • Furniture & Accessories

The development of a natural mineral water swimming pool complex including a bio diverse pool house with sauna and changing facilities, laundry, indoor games room and kitchen and bar. Landscaped gardens with outdoor kitchen and pergola.

Having enjoyed successful careers linked to property, and wise to the importance of building in an environmentally responsible way, our clients came to us to build a pool complex that would entice their three grown up children and their friends home to visit regularly.

The existing house - a converted barn - started its life as a humble farm building linked to the grand manor house at the top of the lane. However, a century later this outbuilding has been re-developed into a covetable family home.

The clients had their hearts set on a natural mineral water swimming pool. A sustainable style of swimming pool that uses natural mineral filters rather than chlorine to produce spring quality water that is both kinder to the environment and the body. The result is that both plants and humans could drink the water directly from the pool.

The brief incorporated a pool house with indoor sauna and changing rooms, and a large open plan games room, with a TV chill out zone and a bar that doubles up as a kitchen to service the outdoor cooking area.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we wanted the new pool house structure to be subtle and to sit harmoniously in its surroundings. For that to be the case, a flat green roof structure with large glazing was key. It was fitting how organically the design of the building flowed from this gentle and environmentally respectful ethos.

Keen not to ape the original barn, we settled upon a rectilinear structure with a wildflower meadow roof. Excellent for thermal insulation, wildlife and a natural camouflage, Mid Sussex Council was won on the grounds of how stealthy this large structure would be.

Photovoltaic panels, a ground source heat pump and a Tesla Power Wall means that together the barn, pool and pool house generate almost all the energy they require for an environmentally sound, off-grid living experience.

A clever design feature that had enormous benefits to the project was the larch timber cladding and overhang that keeps direct sunlight off the glazed doors. Detailed 3D models and sun paths were created to ensure that the orientation of the building and the overhang would be at the perfect angles to ensure the pool house would not overheat.

Landscaping was designed to bridge the divide between the traditional barn and the contemporary pool house. An industrial Corten steel wall provides a point of interest in the new space as well as offering privacy for swimmers, while the stone walls surrounding the bar and outdoor kitchen are made from the same stone as that used in the barn all of which originates from a local quarry.

We are thrilled with the pool house and the garden, although during the university holidays it can feel like being on the set of Love Island!

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The Vawdrey House is a multi-award winning RIBA Chartered Practice which offers a dynamic combination of bespoke design, strategic thinking and creative flair. We bring both architecture and interior design together to create unique, beautiful spaces which work for you from the inside out.

Our clients are always at the heart of our ‘top to toe’ design approach.

We work closely with you from the outset, leading you through the design stages, providing support at each stage and following everything through so that even the smallest details are considered and refined.

This is what we believe makes a great design even better.

Whether for a refurbishment or new build; a residential or commercial space, we take the time to get to know you, understand your requirements, and find clever, exciting solutions to your brief.

Our design-led, holistic approach means we always asses how the whole building works and how it is used. We explore functional and layout changes to improve the way the spaces work together. We design the exterior architecture, internal layouts and all the interior design right down to the lighting, fittings, furniture and accessories.

Working across London, the South East and beyond, we have a wealth of experience working with complex sites and period buildings with heritage protection. We approach each project with a combination of creative vision and sensitive pragmatism; always searching to get the very best from a building.

Directors Jennifer Hamilton, Graeme Montague and Ian Chapman have a combined experience in the industry of nearly 70 years. Together with our strong, enthusiastic team of architects and designers, we bring an invaluable level of professionalism and creativity to the design and management of your project.

The Vawdrey House has an exciting portfolio of inspiring spaces and happy clients. We are passionate about what we do and most of all, want you to love it too.

Close affiliations with brand consultants plus graphic and web design teams mean we can also provide a fully coordinated scheme for your retail or business space, down to website, menus or signage, whatever is required.

We work closely with you throughout, following everything through to the smallest detail, and helping you through the process.

We are design-led, and like to review the way the whole building works, understanding how you use the spaces and suggesting functional and layout changes to improve the way the spaces work together. We design the exterior architecture, the internal layouts and all the interior design and fittings, right down to furniture and accessories.

We progress the design in stages, working up the outline usually with a multitude of options in the first instance, then gradually firm up the scheme as you clarify which direction you want to go in.

Once we have the overall scheme in place we work into the detail and start to specify every element, ending in a production package incorporating everything you need to tender and construct the project.

We can also manage the entire process for you, putting together the project team, gaining planning consent and party wall awards, finding contractors, tendering the works, managing the building contract and monitoring the works on site.

We stick with you to the end, ensuring all snagging is resolved, and produce a completion pack with all necessary certificates, guarantees, maintenance and supplier contact info so you have everything in one place.

Have a browse through our latest projects and see the end results!

Contact us

The Vawdrey House Ltd Freshmill, 16 Bridge Rd Haywards Heath, RH16 1UA
A RIBA Chartered Practice
01444 702094