42 Golf Drive

2042 Golf Drive, Dryad Housing Cooperative, Brighton BN1 7HZ

Flo and Andy moved into this timber frame house, which was built by the original tenant in 1990 as part of a self-build scheme in the ‘Walter Segal’ style. It is one of 16 houses on the site nestled under Hollingbury Golf Course and the Roedale allotments. Extensive south facing windows bring light and warmth into the house which overlook their small but beautiful garden bursting with salad crops and the communal garden planted with fruit trees.

They are part of Dryad Housing Cooperative, which was created by tenants who moved into 11 timber framed houses on the site. The Cooperative has developed a green policy, updated their houses with rainwater butts and installed wood stoves in which they burn locally sourced wood. This, and using a green electricity tariff, has significantly reduced their carbon footprint. The Cooperative hopes to go further by installing solar thermal for hot water in the future.



  • + Food growing
  • + Passive solar design
  • + Self build
  • + Tenants green policy
  • + Timber frame house
  • + Woodburning stove

Further information

Architect: Kenneth Claxton of Kenneth Claxton Partnership (now retired)

Dryad’s Green Report completed May 2008

Dryad’s Green Policy and guidelines ‘Save cash and save the planet’

Dryad’s Energy Performance Certificate 26th January 2007 (large file - 2.7Mb)

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