calfordseaden was appointed for the provision of multi-disciplinary services for this development located on the site of the former Graylingwell Hospital. The project involved the provision of 750 eco-friendly homes for market sale, shared ownership and affordable rent. This was a joint project by Linden Homes, Affinity Sutton and the Homes & Communities Agency.

The homes are a mix of new build homes situated in the grounds of the hospital and converted apartments within the original stately Victorian hospital buildings. The first phase delivered two and three-bedroom terraced homes, followed by the provision of apartments and larger family homes. To preserve the character and charm of the site, the restoration of the Grade II listed farmhouse and original chapel along with a pavilion and water tower was also undertaken.

This zero carbon development provides energy efficient homes with photovoltaic panels and heating supplied by a centralised energy plant (ESCo) within an on-site energy centre.

The design of the homes was inspired by the architecture of Chichester and combined a variety of materials. The provision of balconies and roof terraces offer panoramic views across the 85 acres of landscaped parkland, including nature trails, large areas of open space, allotments and a communal orchard.


Inside Housing magazine’s Sustainable Housing Awards ‘Sustainable Large Social Housing Project of the Year’, Housebuilder Awards ‘Best Low or Zero Carbon Initiative’ 2010, National Urban Design Awards Developer Award (Commended) 2014, What House? Awards Best Sustainable Development Gold, Best Brownfield Development Silver 2013, Green Apple Gold Award for Best Mixed Use Development 2012, Building Awards Sustainability Project of the Year (Shortlisted) 2012,  CHPA Community and Residential Award 2011, Sustainable Housing Award for Sustainable Larger Social Housing Project of the Year 2010 and the Royal Town Planning Institutes award for Community Engagement 2010.