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The Sussex Yacht Club - an architecturally iconic facility with a fabric first approach designed with flood resilience

Sussex Yacht Club


Client: Sussex Yaht Club
Project Value: £3.5
Brief: New clubhouse and re-organisation of site
Sustainability Initiatives: Passive Design & Fabric First Approach, Flood Resilience measures

“Sussex Yacht Club has enjoyed an excellent collaboration with the team at ECD since their appointment as our principle architects. They have taken time to ensure they fully understand our needs as a client and have always been mindful of the fact that, as a members’ club, we have a large committee structure made up of volunteer Members and Directors with whom they have had to listen, adopt and explain the methodology and processes involved in modern architectural design at this level. ECD have taken great care to design a building suitable for our prominent site, situated at the end of an historic town centre which balances elegance with modernity and practicality.” – Terry Kinch, Commodore, Sussex Yacht Club

ECD Architects were appointed to redevelop the Sussex Yacht Club including re-organisation of the site with a new clubhouse and ancillary workshops.

The building has been designed as a contemporary take on a traditional form to complement the historic vernacular of the town and its architecture. The design builds on a language of yacht architecture and subtly resembles the existing clubhouse, which is a popular local landmark. The exposed riverside location and coastal architecture of the broader surroundings has provided inspiration for the scheme. The materiality, using standing seam cladding and brick, is designed to be contemporary, robust and low maintenance.

The building needed to be raised on a plinth to mitigate flood risk, to the building form had being designed to be as low as possible to minimise impact on important local views, from across the river to the church. The resulting double pitch roof minimises the overall mass and the two extruded forms are slipped to create depth and interest.


Shortlisted – AJ Architecture Awards: Leisure Project category

Images curtesy of the project contractor, W.Stirland.