Client: Saracen House Estates Ltd.
Cornish Buildings Group 2007: Commendation
Porthleven is a typical working Cornish fishing harbour. Its¬†closely-knit townscape dates predominantly from the 19th¬†century and is a collection of simple vernacular forms comprised¬†of locally available materials. The whole of the harbour lies¬†within a designated conservation area.
The brief was to provide two shop units, parking for nine cars,¬†entry staircases and ancillary storage and services at ground¬†floor level. A total of seven two-bedroom flats and two one bedroom¬†flats were to be incorporated on the upper floors.¬†The scheme provided an opportunity to heal the street scene¬†along the waterfront. The design intent was to maintain faith¬†with the simple forms of the traditional buildings and to organise¬†the plan to integrate with the tight grain of the village.
The¬†accommodation was organised around a secure internal court¬†responding to the changing levels in a manner that added to¬†the jumble of roofs that form the backdrop of Sithneyside. The¬†scheme maintained the intimacy of small internal spaces brought¬†about by historic evolution and competition for prominent¬†harbourside frontage.