Hopton Yard is a ‘close’ of 4 houses in a former gravel pit site in east Suffolk, for Nest Development. The topography of the site heavily influenced the design, as the northerly aspect presents expansive rural views over the surrounding water meadows, while the site itself is partly dug into the hill as a result of its former use.
The four houses each respond to this setting in individual ways - in particular, maximising the views over to the north through first floor living spaces in each of the three dwellings on that side of the site. South-facing gardens sit between the houses and the shared driveway, creating a more layered and private relationship between the public and domestic spaces. Native hedging softens the parking and garden edges, and there is a fruit tree in each garden, and specifically chosen plants for the steep banks.
The development has been shortlisted for a Housing Design Award 2017.