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Lyon Close
Brighton

Sensitively detailed community scheme

The Lyon Close scheme has been designed to create a new community, with a third of the apartments either affordable or earmarked for shared ownership, while the layout principles include a well-designed environment for community cohesion with a high quality landscape that offers a sense of enclosure and privacy.

The scheme, for developer Crest Nicholson, comprises 163 one, two and three bed apartments in addition to 1,000m² of commercial space. The design includes four buildings ranging from five to 10 stories with an enclosed shared garden for all residents, accessible from each of the residential buildings. The landscaped gardens will also include dedicated children’s play space.

The design is simple, clean and crisp with a clear architectural idea that is both contextual and forward-thinking. A material palette of three types of brick and a perforated metal complement the surroundings without being a pastiche of Brighton's existing urban fabric. Careful detailing includes metal vertical balustrading and corbelled brick details to the base storey that reference local historical buildings.

The positioning of the buildings has been driven by placemaking principles with clear arrival spaces and legible entrances. The layout of the buildings allow long views through the landscaped gardens for neighbouring residents while the landscape itself is an archipelago of planted islands which creates a pedestrian focused environment, guiding movement and forming safe, usable spaces.

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