Watersplash

Client: Pegasus Life
Project Value: £6.0M
Location: The Rise, Brockenhurst, New Forest
The project involves the conversion of the former Watersplash Hotel, once a large Victorian house, into later living residential accommodation for PegasusLife. The site is located in the centre of the Brokenhurst Conservation Area and within the New Forest National Park. The existing Victorian villa sits at the centre of the site, fronting The Rise. It was cluttered by poor quality 20th Century extensions and the whole building had fallen into disrepair. The strategic approach was to remove the poor quality extensions, restore the fabric of the original villa and extend it sympathetically so that the original architecture can be read. Two additional new build villas and a pair of smaller mews houses are then positioned, set back within the grounds, opening up views of the landscape setting and two key veteran oak trees. The architecture makes contemporary reference to the New Forest vernacular and integrates generous balconies into inhabited timber gables.
 
The development comprises 24 apartments and communal spaces across the 3no. two and a half storey villas and mews houses. The new build villas are to be built of red brick, decorative plain tile hanging and timber cladding with a plain tile pitched roof. Generous balconies are integrated within a 'thickened skin' ensuring the buildings simple vernacular forms are maintained.