Haddo Yard

Haddo Yard replaces a prominent and dilapidated bungalow with a finely detailed and highly contextual contemporary building of seven apartments designed by the highly-awarded Denizen Works.

The position of site ignited an idea about the built identity of places, and about a developer’s responsibility towards context and the visual enrichment of the places in which they build. This idea went on to become Whitstable Approaches.

The black gables of the fisherman’s huts and various harbour-side buildings are referenced in the roofline and dark brickwork, with the scale of the adjacent shops acknowledged by the lighter brick ground storey which meets them.  A step in the façade references the sail-lofts of Sea Street as well as the projecting timbered gables of the adjacent 1930’s housing.

The building is highly prominent, standing face to face with Whitstable train station, and welcomes residents and visitors with a confident contemporary expression of the town’s distinct architectural identity.

Decorative detail is provided by bespoke dark glazed terracotta faience tiles, the geometric relief of which echos the roofline and gables of the town.

Black gables
Sea wall materiality

Internally, painted panelling, heated poured concrete floors, locally made ply kitchens, and bespoke joinery will give the private spaces a rich textural character. The apartments also benefit from allocated parking, private and shared gardens, full height aluminium/timber composite glazing, frameless roof lights, high quality fittings and appliances, and underfloor heating throughout.

The concrete construction provides excellent acoustic separation and an unusually robust feel to the upper stories, and the thermal properties of the building will make it easy and economical to heat.

Apartments are available to purchase through The Modern House.