The White Hart Public House is a statutory Grade II Listed Building under Historic England. This scheme proposes a residential annex building to fill the rear of the site which is previously the public house’s car park. The residential building is the enabling development for the restoration of the public house, which will retain its ground floor trading area with residential accommodation above.
The massing of the residential annex is directly informed by long sightlines to the site, to ensure the proposal does not interrupt the skyline of the original pub. The materiality respects and complements the character of the surrounding Conservation Area. Zero carbon standard will be achieved through high levels of insulation and low air tightness requirements will be complied.
The massing of the new volume, the existing listed building and its annex form a secure amenity area, to be used as a private communal amenity for the residents’ use, in the form of a landscaped courtyard. The courtyard is at the heart of the scheme and provides communal amenities for all residents, allowing interaction, and promotes health and wellbeing.
The proposal will deliver a contemporary yet sensitive design that respects the historical context and vernacular, providing an attractive addition to the local area and visually enhancing the setting for the Grade II Listed public house.
Formation Architects have designed 11 new build apartments, which surround a Grade II listed pub, which is also being refurbished in the process. Located on a prominent corner on Lowfield Street, Dartford in Kent and falls within the Dartford Town Centre Conservation Area.