A Tribute to Indian Valour

VHA were excited to host “A Tribute to Indian Valour” as part of this year’s Arundel Festival. Just over 100 years ago the Royal Pavilion in Brighton was chosen as a military hospital for Indian Soldiers wounded in the Great War. Jody East curator of the Pavilion and expert in the period spoke about those remarkable years. The renowned classical musician Jasdeep Singh Degun together with a tabla player performed evening ragas as a tribute to the soldiers


Listed Building & Planning Consent

Listed Building & Planning Consent were granted for a new kitchen extension to a Wealden Stone cottage located at the foot of the South Downs. The extension will provide for a more spacious kitchen with access via French doors onto an external dining area.


Planning Consent

VHA was very pleased to achieve planning consent for a new orangery style extension to the prestigious West Sussex Golf Club. WSSC was officially opened in 1931 and is widely recognised as one of the most natural and aesthetically pleasing courses in England. Members have taken the decision to commission a design which will not only address the current shortcomings of the existing building but also blend more sympathetically with the original architecture within its setting of the SDNP.


Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2018

VHA was delighted to achieve a prestigious Highly Commended Award from the Sussex Heritage Trust on Wednesday 4th July. Victoria Holland and Windlesham House’s Headmaster, Richard Foster, were presented with a certificate by Lord Egremont DL at a ceremony which was held at Pangdeam Barns. The judges commented that the new state-of-the-art sports complex was “sensitively designed pool and sports facility in a treasured and historic site.  Child friendly design for the most part, which enhanced the project.”


15th Anniversary Celebration

We are proud to be continuing our professional involvement with Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. The hospice is this year celebrating 15 years of supporting and caring for children with life limiting illnesses. We were privileged to have been commissioned to design the purpose built hospice which was officially opened in 2003 by HRH Princess Alexandra and over the years proud that the building and its grounds have matured with the landscape as well as having been so lovingly maintained.


Renovation and Extension

Planning consent has just been granted by South Downs National Park Authority for rear and side extensions to an existing property in Fulking. Several extensions and alterations have been made during the life span of the building. The proposed works are intended to unify the existing elevations on all sides in terms of appearance and symmetry. Internally the layout is to be re-ordered to accommodate the family requirements. All alterations are to be carried out with respect to the scale of the existing building and a vernacular style which respects the typical styling of the Sussex Weald.


Architect/Experienced Assistant

Due to high workload, Victoria Holland Architecture is looking for a qualified Architect and an Architectural Assistant to join its team in West Sussex. We are seeking professionals to work on projects from inception through to completion including planning and building control applications to local authorities and the production of working drawings. The ideal candidate will havean in-depth working knowledge of AutoCAD/Adobe Suite/SketchUp, a high level of initiative, proactivity, communication and organisation skills with the ability to work under pressure and licensed car owner preferred. Part-time candidates may also be considered. Victoria Holland Architecture is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications including CV and  work examples should be sent to


Up and running!

Windlesham House School’s new Sports Hall is now complete and up and running! The project was completed under a JCT Design & Build Contract by Kier Construction Southern for a contract value of £7.375 million. The consultancy team was as follows. Architecture: Victoria Holland Architecture + Saunders Architects. Structural & Civil Engineering: Elliott Wood. M & E Consultants: E3CE. Quantity Surveying: Burke Hunter Adams. Project Management: Ashfold. The Grand Opening is to be held on 22nd March 2018 and undertaken by Mark Foster – five times Olympian.


Planning Permission for a Barn Conversion

Victoria Holland Architecture was recently granted a Planning Consent for a conversion of a barn into a residential dwelling together with the erection of a garage in Surrey. The intention is to keep and reuse the existing structural framework and to retain its current form and outline within the landscape. The oak cladding to the dwelling is designed to appear naturalistic and to weather to blend with the rural landscape. The windows are designed as simple openings which from the inside will seamlessly frame the landscape.


Planning Permission for an Extension and a Gardener’s Store

Victoria Holland Architecture has just been granted a Planning Consent for a new bedroom wing extension at Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice,  in West Sussex. The new bedroom wing will accommodate four new bedrooms plus one dedicated baby room, bathrooms, a storage room, office space and meeting rooms. The intention is to create a comfortable and homelike environment, where terminally ill and disabled children can be cared for and their parents can relax, using traditional forms which sit sympathetically within the rural landscape.


Listed Building Consent in the National Park

Victoria Holland Architecture has now been awarded Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent for alterations to a Grade II Listed Dwelling in Wepham, a flint cottage in a Sussex village. The approval is for internal notifications to enlarge and renovate the existing kitchen and to rebuild the existing wood store and extend it to the rear to form a home office. The proposal will provide for a more functional internal arrangement with an extension designed to harmonize with the existing cottage.


Listed Building Consent for an Extension to an Existing Town House

Planning & Listed Building Consent has just been granted by Arun District Council for an extension to a Grade II Listed Building in Arundel. The works include for an en-suite shower room at first floor level.  The proposal will improve the usage of the dwelling, whilst respecting the historic fabric of the building.


Planning Permission for an Extension to an Existing Village Dwelling

Planning consent has just been granted by Chichester District Council for a rear extension to an existing property in Fittleworth. The property, which is the original Fittleworth school house dating from the early 1800’s. is a non-designated heritage asset. The intention is to renovate the property throughout, restore the original joinery and replace an existing uPVC extension with one of timber joinery and brickwork. The proposal will improve the plan layout on both floors, allow for more natural light to enter the house and an improved relationship with the garden.


Chichester District Council award Planning Permission for a Replacement Dwelling

Planning consent has just been granted for demolition of an existing dwelling on Spinney Lane, Itchenor near Chichester and the construction of a new family house with replacement outdoor swimming pool, changing facilities, terrace and garage. The replacement house will maintain the same orientation as the existing dwelling and take into account views across the harbour.  The emphasis will be on sustainability and energy efficiency with a building which responds sympathetically to the local vernacular.

Grade II* Listed Building Kitchen Addition

Project Completion 

A kitchen addition, designed by Victoria Holland Architecture, to a Grade II* Listed elegant 18th Century town house in West Sussex, has recently been completed and is now is full use by it’s residents. The addition accommodates a new kitchen and a bright breakfast room which opens out to the garden. Further images of the project can now be viewed in our portfolio.

Arundel Festival Lecture

Lecture by Timothy Mowl, hosted & sponsored by VHA

Victoria Holland Architecture was honored to sponsor and host a lecture by Timothy Mowl, ‘Garden and Landscape in the Novels of Jane Austen’, on Wednesday the 23rd August as part of Arundel Festival. The lecture was well attended, tickets sold out well in advance and guests enjoyed drinks afterwards. Timothy Mowl, Emeritus Professor in the History of Architecture and Designed Landscape at the University of Bristol, has written widely on historic landscapes and gardens. Timothy discussed the importance of the created environments in Jane Austen’s novels and set them against contemporary garden fashions.


Planning Permission for a Remodelling Project

Planning consent has just been granted for renovation and internal remodelling at a beautiful rural location at West Stoke. The brief is to renovate the property throughout and carry out several internal alterations as well as creating additional windows and dormers. The intention is to provide a more sustainable family friendly home whilst retaining the integrity of the original building and respecting the ethos of the original design. The proposal will allow for more natural light to enter the house, as well as to enhance and conserve the original building for the future.


Listed Building Consent in the National Park

Victoria Holland Architecture has now been awarded Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for an extension to Bumble Bee Cottage, a flint cottage in a Sussex village. The approval is for the construction of a single storey extension to the existing Grade II listed dwelling in exactly the same style as the original building in order to provide a more functional space.


Maternity Cover

Congratulations to our Senior Architect Adriana upon the arrival of her beautiful baby.  Adriana is now on maternity leave and is being replaced by Architect Inigo Aranguena, whom we welcome onto the team.


Inspiring Event at Lancing Collage

A team from Victoria Holland Architecture attended a successful and inspiring Chestnut Tree House networking breakfast at Lancing College where local businesses got together to network and learn more about the work done at the hospice. Over 90 people attended the event, with representatives from various business fields including a guest speaker, Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York.


Change of Use

Planning and Listed Building Consent has just been awarded for a conversion of a mixed use space into a new ground floor one bedroom apartment with guest annexe. This is a particularly significant historic building on the Arundel High Street and regenerates spaces previously left redundant after the closure of NatWest bank.


Architect/experienced assistant
Victoria Holland Architecture is seeking a Part-II Architect or registered Architect with minimum two-three years of work experience in the UK to join our practice near Arundel, West Sussex in order to provide maternity cover for a minimum of six months. Our ideal candidate will be proficient in AutoCAD, Photoshop and SketchUp and have good hand drawing skills. The position would be initially on a part time basis for a 25 hour week and flexible working hours can be considered. We can only consider applicants who have the right to live and work within the UK. Applications including CV and  work examples should be sent to


Working with Listed Buildings

A Conservation Engineer’s Perspective

On March 8th, the VHA team attended a Baqus Seminar entitled Working with Listed Buildings: A Conservation Engineer’s Perspective. Conservation Engineer James Miller described his restoration projects spanning over thirty years which have included the stabilization of the floor of Westminster Hall; work to the temperate glasshouse at Kew Gardens and the repair of Tynemouth Railway Station. The latter was designed by William Bell in 1882 the Chief Architect of the NER who also designed Whitley Bay Station (as pictured) in 1911.

The Brooking National Architectural Museum

British Architectural Heritage

It was an honour to visit Charles Brooking and view The Brooking National Architectural Museum to which he has dedicated his life. The Brooking Collection is a unique and valuable educational resource that physically charts the evolution of British building architectural detailing over the last 500 years. The collection is estimated to hold in excess of 500,000 items including windows, doors, staircases, ironmongery, mouldings, stained glass, fire grates, fanlights, sash window mechanisms and rainwater goods. The collection contains iconic features from buildings including 10 Downing Street, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the original Wembley Stadium and the Brighton Royal Pavilion.


Construction Work in Chichester

A Grade II Listed House, dated 1720, and built contemporaneously with Pallant House in Chichester by a rival Dutch merchant. The approved scheme was designed to improve the access through the widening of the vehicular route into the side courtyard and the creation of a new route through a loggia into the front courtyard. Construction work has recently started.


Planning Permission for an Replacement Dwelling

Planning consent has just been granted for a replacement dwelling at a beautiful rural location near Pulborough. The brief was to provide a modest sized family dwelling to sit unobtrusively within its setting. The ground floor domestic area is arranged upon simple symmetrical lines with a central entrance hall; a kitchen/dining room situated to the West to capture the evening light and the living room to the East – with a North/South orientation. The intention is to source materials; products and labour as locally as possible which will not only reinforce the sense of vernacular styling but capitalize on local skilled crafts people and the supply of readily available sustainable building materials thus reducing the carbon emission rate during the building process.


Meeting with Listed Property Owners and Other Professionals

The Listed Property Show at Olympia was held on the 20-21st February and brought together the industry representatives under one roof. The event included architects, planners, window and door manufacturers, craftsman and ‘caring’ builders as well as information about planning, the law, grants, reclaimed materials, etc. The show was an interestingly interactive and engaging platform. There are 450,000 listed properties in the UK: 38% of Listed properties are domestic dwellings and 15% of Listed buildings are pre-1600.

Francis Kéré: Radically Simple

Exhibition in Munich

A team from Victoria Holland Architecture attended an inspiring exhibition on Francis Kéré’s work at The Architecture Museum in Munich. The architect Francis Kéré, born in Burkina Faso and based in Berlin since 2005, is a leading figure in socially engaged building design. He won the internationally prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004 for his very first building, a primary school he designed in his home village of Gando, Burkina Faso. Kéré’s design received the award for its remarkable success in combining socially engaged and ecological design. Radically Simple is the most comprehensive exhibition yet on Kéré’s work, covering both his completed designs and his ongoing projects. The exhibition also displays projects in both African countries, China and Germany. Highly recommended!

Sussex Property Allience

Insightful Conference in Brighton

The Sussex Property Alliance provides a forum where property professionals get together, exchange ideas, and build relationships along the supply chain. The forum includes investors, builders, developers, architects and planners as well as building material suppliers and other businesses involved in the supply chain. The last event was held in Stanmer House in Brighton, where Liz Hobden, the Head of Planning for Brighton and Hove City Council, gave an interesting presentation. In particular, she spoke about the tough balancing act of delivering over 13,000 homes by 2030.

Four New Houses in Chichester

Project Complete

Four new houses which we designed within Chichester Conservation area are now complete and recently occupied. The styling was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and the roof form configured to allow for views from the City Walls

Listed Building

Extension Under Construction

An elegant 18th Century town house in Chichester, which is a Grade II* Listed Building, is currently being extended to form a large kitchen/dining/breakfast room. Construction work will soon be completed.

Planning Notice

Planning Permission for an Extension to a Thatched Dwelling

Planning consent has been granted this month for an extension to a large thatched dwelling, in a beautiful coastal location. The application includes an additional space for a home office and a re-modelling of the existing accommodation.



Planning Workshops

Planning Policy and Local Plan

Victoria Holland Architecture maintains a keen focus on the latest developments in planning policy and changes to the local plan in the key areas of our operation. In September, our architects attended two planning workshops held by Arun District Council and we will continue to keep an active dialog with the planning authorities in our areas.

Decorex and Brexit

Focusing on the Local Skills and Materials

Last month, a team from Victoria Holland Architecture visited the Decorex Interior Show in London. As we were pleased to meet up with other professionals, view new materials and brands and attend seminars, it was indeed interesting to hear how other colleagues are experiencing the affects of Brexit. However, all did agree that now is the time to focus on local production, craftsmanship and materials and strengthen the already great domestic industry. (Photo, from left: Sally Storey Light Designer, Beatrice Holland Interior Designer & Joanna Wood Interior Designer)


Planning Permission for a Replacement Dwelling 

Victoria Holland Architecture has now been awarded Planning Permission for the demolition of an existing dwelling and construction of a five bedroom replacement dwelling at Coneyhurst Court in Horsham District, under application number DC/16/0843. The replacement dwelling totals an area of 445 sq metres. This property is currently on the market.


Construction Site in the South Downs 

An annexe in Wepham, for which Victoria Holland Architecture gained Planning Consent. This project is currently being constructed by Tunmore Design and Build of Littlehampton.



Newly Finished Annexe 

Our newly finished annexe for a home in the South Downs, can now be viewed on our profile on the Houzz website, along with other housing projects. The current project under construction on this same site is for a summer house and a swimming pool changing room.


Grade II Listed Building 

A Planning and Listed Building Consent has been granted this month to a Grade II Listed house set within the South Downs. The application includes changes to a previous extension and internal alterations to accommodate a new kitchen that opens out to a garden terrace and a new utility room. This will provide a more family friendly layout and improve the circulation of the house.


Grade II Listed Building 

A further approval notice for Planning and Listed Building Consent has been granted this month to a Grade II Listed farmhouse set within the South Downs. A new garage; wine store and glazed link has been designed to complement the surroundings.

Victoria Holland Architects Healthcare portfolio, Arundel in West Sussex

Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

New Kitchen Garden and Greenhouse

Having previously worked on a series of projects since the building of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Victoria Holland Architecture is pleased to have, on the 2nd of August, gained SDNP consent for a new kitchen garden. This will provide the the hospice kitchen with fresh produce as well as an opportunity for the children to enjoy gardening activities. The greenhouse was generously donated  by Lady Sarah Clutton who was hugely supportive since the inception of the hospice.

Arundel Lido

New Facilities Competition

Victoria Holland Architecture are delighted to have been invited to submit a submission for an iconic building at Arundel Lido which will provide pool side accommodation as well as gym and fitness facilities.



SDNP Planning and Listed Building Consent

We are delighted to have, on the 25th of May, been granted planning permission by the South Downs National Park Authority to proceed with the construction of a new kitchen and family room extension and the reconstruction of a historic dairy wing to a Grade II Listed Property in the heart of the National Trust village.



Windlesham School Swimming Pool Project - Victoria Holland Architects

Windlesham House School

Ground Breaking Ceremony – New Pool and Sport Hall

As Consultant Architects, Victoria Holland Architecture attended an enthusiastic ground breaking ceremony on the 29th of April, which officially commenced the beginning of the enabling works for the new pool and sports hall.