Knights Gate Development

Chichester Carpentry completes brand-new residential development with Vale Oak plank from the Alpine collection, creating a design that is both timeless and sustainable.

After shutting its doors in 2018, this 1875 pub site in Sompting is now home to 9 brand new beautiful homes nestled in the Sussex countryside. The construction work was designed and completed by Bridge Road Developments, who meticulously created a variety of homes, including three-bedroom townhouses, luxury apartments and penthouse properties. Each home is complete to a high standard, with knapped flint brickwork adding a great amount of curb appeal, large windows filling each room with natural light, and our Vale Oak engineered wood floorings, expertly installed by Chichester Carpentry & Building Ltd.

“Chichester Carpentry has been running for 15 years plus and we have a full and varied portfolio of completed work including a Grand designs project featured on the Channel4 programme.”

Whilst discussing the project with Chichester Carpentry & Buildings’ Luke Wheeler, Luke explained how they have a longstanding relationship with the project developer, Bridge Road Development. And so, with a fantastic portfolio of construction behind them, it was clear they were the perfect company for this exciting project. “Chichester Carpentry & Building Ltd have a long-term working relationship with our Developer Bridge Developments. We construct timber frame buildings in and around the South Downs area in West Sussex using traditional methods and materials”.

When it came to the flooring, it was important to choose a product that created a warm and inviting base that would complement any design choice future homeowners might create, and Vale Oak from our Alpine collection was just the one. With rustic European oak, the random-length planks add lots of character, whilst connecting each room with the building’s countryside surroundings. Complete with a hardwearing UV Oil, Vale oak is a durable floor that not only offers a timeless style but is also hardwearing enough to stand the test of time in a busy family home.

When discussing why Vale Oak was chosen, Luke went on to recall: “We chose to use the VIT107 for a number of reasons. Firstly, because it is an engineered board, and so it should stand up to the footfall it has been installed to take, it is a natural oak colour so works with the colour scheme for the development and was available from V4 in the quantities required.”

The random-length planks not only bring unique character but also mean you can utilise every inch of the tree during production, minimising waste. Coupled with the fact that the oak used for our flooring stores the carbon collected during its growth, offsetting against the carbon produced in manufacturing resulting in a very low carbon footprint, our Engineered Wood Floors are the perfect flooring solution for sustainable building development.

The sustainability of the materials used in this project was of great importance and has since been recognised by the National Trust, as Luke went on to explain:

“Knights Gate is a new build development built on the former Marquis of Granby pub site in Sompting, Lancing. The site has been entered into the 2024 National Trust Award for the use of Environmentally friendly building materials, traditional trade methods in keeping with the local area and conservation. The rear of the property has a wild area to promote local wildlife which also ties nicely into the conservation planting plan around the plots.”

If you are working on a large property development, and are looking for sustainable flooring solutions, why not get in touch with our commercial team today by clicking here, or why not start your own flooring journey by ordering free samples of Vale Oak here?

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