THE STABLEAPR 2017Firle, Sussex
A new garden room for the Stable in Firle - A dining table in an alcove faces the garden under a corrugated roof supported by three white steel columns.
THE FIRLE ESTATEFEB 2017Firle, East Sussex
Whole Estate Plan 2017 to 2030 - In 2017 Rabble were appointed by Lord and Lady Gage and the trustees of the Firle Estate to design a Whole Estate Plan (WEP). The WEP is a spatial plan setting out Firle's aims for the the next 30 years. The plan will record plans for diversification, farming, conservation, new housing and infrastructure. The Gage family have lived at Firle and managed 3500 acre estate for 500 years.
HACKNEY ROADAUG 2017Shoreditch, London
Greek courtyard in a Shoreditch flat - A series of careful excavations and incisions unearthed an Athenian courtyard from within a warren of magnolia box rooms.
INDERWICK ROADAUG 2016Crouch End, London
A kitchen garden and panelled alleyway - This refurbishment and extension in Crouch End provides an exciting and light new relationship between a ground floor flat and its garden.
GREENHOUSESEP 2016Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
A greenhouse for a fashion show - Lady Rhoda Birley, artist and gardener, is famed for a photograph of her standing in a flower bed at Charleston Manor. Birley inspired Peter Jensen's Spring Summer 2017 collection. Rabble was invited to build the set for his London Fashion Week show on The Mall.
SHEPHERD'S BARNSEP 2018Firle, Sussex
A steel cottage in a stone barn in Firle - Rabble are working with Hunter Gather Cook foraging school and the Firle Estate to build a new kitchen and dining hall within a beautiful Sussex Barn, in the South Downs National Park. Planning permission granted.
BEECHCROFT ROADJUL 2016Tooting Bec, London
A large door for a small flat - This extension of a victorian terraced house in Tooting was designed and built to contrast delightfully with its city context. The extension is formed by a 3 metre high door within a door which is traditionally called a wicket gate. Our client Sophy grew up in Cambridge so we brought a miniature college gate to Tooting and painted it white to illuminate her back garden.
MAYFLOWER WAYFEB 2018Angmering, West Sussex
Twelve homes for a Community Land Trust - In September 2016 Rabble were appointed to design 12 homes for Angmering Community Land Trust. The proposed development is arranged as 3 terraces of houses and flats built around a mews street and orchard. The houses are to be built on land owned by the parish council and will be managed by a community housing trust. The proposal is currently submitted for planning permission.
HEIGHTON STREETNOV 2017West Firle, Sussex
A walled garden for a cottage in Firle - Planning permission granted.
CHURCH HOUSEFEB 2017West Stour, Dorset
Farmhouse to country house - The existing arrangement is compromised by a poor quality asphalt driveway that separates the existing family kitchen and garden. Our proposal is to break up the tarmac driveway into three different areas: a traditional gravel drive, a formal garden, and a hardstanding for the stables.
Design research for the Campaign to Protect Rural England - CPRE Sussex approached Rabble and Action in Rural Sussex about the Making Places Project in autumn 2015. The CPRE had two aims: 1 to begin a conversation focused on the need for planning and design to create attractive and lively places and 2 to record local design values and knowledge in order to work out how the qualities of existing places might inform future proposals.
BECCLESMAR 2017Beccles, Suffolk
A weaver's studio in a pink cottage - A new studio, kitchen courtyard and bathroom like a boat. Planning permission granted.
DAUBNEY HOLTMAY 2016Lincolnshire
Building a home for a young farmer - Rabble were appointed in 2015 by Will Grant to restore and extend his listed farmhouse in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Will is a young farmer and metalworker who wants to grow his business and start a family at Daubney Holt Farm. Our plans anticipate Will's ambitions and bring the farm back to life.
Moving the Phoenix Iron and Steel Works - Sussex was once the centre of English Iron manufacturing: the forges and furnaces in the Weald employed over 50,000 men. It is believed, but not confirmed, that the remaining Phoenix Iron and Steel Works buildings on the current Phoenix Estate in Lewes are the last foundry buildings that remain in the South East of England. There is very good survival of the historic roof trusses and iron framework from throughout the period of the site's development. There is also limited survival of machinery relating to the former use of the site.
Exhibiting an alternative masterplan for Lewes - In August 2014 Lewes Phoenix Rising and Rabble approached Lewes District Council to express their dissatisfaction that the emerging Santon plan failed to make any reference to existing employment and enterprise on the site. Nazeya Hussain (LDC Director of Business Strategy and Development) emailed LPR in August 2014 asking for "provide fully costed and cash flowed details of your proposals. This needs to be in terms of how you intend to fund and deliver a viable scheme in line with Policy SP3 from the Joint Core Strategy [...]. We recognise that this is likely to require you to spend some of your resources, but I'm afraid that is the nature of development and I can assure you, whilst we cannot offer any guarantees, we are always happy to listen to what your proposals entail."
Meeting tables for Cambridge University - The Tudor trestles were commissioned by the Cambridge Department of Architecture to provide communal seating in the school's central gallery - home to the departments microwave and sink and a popular place for tutorials and talks.
LPR CAMPAIGNDEC 2015Lewes, Sussex
Advocating an alternative masterplan for Lewes - Lewes is the largest town in any UK National Park. In December 2015 the SDNPA planning committee approved the North Street Quarter (NSQ) scheme, a 15-acre regeneration project on the site of the Old Phoenix Ironworks owned by The Santon Group. The Phoenix supported around 450 jobs and 50 businesses in a 10,000 m2 creative cluster labelled 'unique' by the UK Art's Council.
TUNSTALL ROADJAN 2017Croydon, South London
A stretched kitchen - A new landscape runs through the terraced house. Remnants of the old rooms playfully define the new kitchen. The rear elevation is pushed out towards the garden creating room for cooking, dining and reading.
A planning application for a village square in the South Downs - In 2015 we were asked by the family and trustees of the Firle Estate to study the development possibilities for Berwick Station village. Their brief asked for fresh thinking and inventive design using a traditional south downs architecture.