Dungeness Beach is Britain’s only official desert and a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. As a location, it comes with a set of strict planning restrictions. But that wasn’t the only obstacle that made the bespoke construction project of Pobble House so ambitious.
The entire site was composed of shingle. Not only would there be no guttering to provide drainage for the build, but ASF would be unable to use cranes during the project. The contemporary structure included heavy steel girders and panels of glazing that would need to be transported to the site. The shingle was playing a key role in the surrounding landscape too, preventing erosion and housing an ecosystem of many rare species. It was vital that the construction project minimised the impact on the shingle beach.
Another consideration was the location’s microclimate. Dungeness Beach was a wild and windswept location, home to driving coastal rain that the building needed to withstand.
The build was also designed to be used as a guest house. The interior fit out needed to be contemporary and minimal with the high-quality finish of luxury accommodation. But, for the heavy traffic of short-stay guests, it was crucial that the interior fit out was lasting and robust.