Going against the grain of traditional residential developments in Brighton, Sophie Whittakers, development manager at Lucent, shares how Slate House is presented as a premium, sustainable offering with a higher degree of consideration for its occupants.
What makes Slate House unique in the market?
The design references the architectural vernacular and heritage of Brighton homes. Our goal was to offer a building that looks like the home next door, not just another development on the street. It is a premium development that goes a step further than the standard Brighton offering, with luxurious interiors and sustainable design principles that will benefit occupants and the environment.
You’re inviting purchasers to join the award-winning team to bring this project to life. What does this involve?
As part of the Slate House ethos, ‘Made With You’, purchasers will be presented with a hard hat and high-vis vest upon the signing of their contract. They will then be invited on-site for four visits across the course of construction.
Luxury and sustainability define these new homes. What are its main standout features?
The carefully considered finishes, detailing and floor plan layouts define the luxury of Slate House. Austin Maynard Architects has ensured that all materials used are natural and beautifully raw for strength and inherent beauty, with visually striking spaces and sophisticated interiors.
In regard to sustainability, we are proud to say that Slate House will be fossil fuel free in operations, with no gas connection to the development. We are targeting a minimum 7.5 Star average NatHERS thermal performance rating, reducing its heating and cooling energy use in comparison to other homes with a lower rating. Water-based, low-VOC paints are used throughout and the embedded network sourcing electricity solely from renewables.
Lucent’s ethos is to offer considered developments, guided by transparency and open engagement. How is this the case with Slate House?
We will meet all of our purchasers either before they purchase, as we are frequently in the display suite, or afterwards while we walk them through the project during construction.
We don’t hide behind a sales agent, but rather welcome direct contact with the occupants whose future homes we deliver.
Where did your inspiration for Slate House come from?
Having worked with Austin Maynard Architects before, we wanted to challenge the status quo in Brighton with something a bit different. Their approach to architecture is very unique and they design forever homes, not simply apartments.
What do you think purchasers are looking for most in new apartment developments?
The Brighton downsizer market is looking for efficiency and low maintenance living after moving from larger homes, but they still want to live in a well-designed home that feels generous and private. That’s exactly what Slate House is.
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