The Phoenix Project

Human Nature is planning a new sustainable neighbourhood on the former Phoenix Industrial Estate in Lewes, East Sussex. Working with experts in the fields of architecture, design and ecology, our ambition is to build one of Europe’s most sustainable housing developments, creating a blueprint for better living. The Phoenix Project will consist of residential, commercial and community premises, creating jobs, work space and homes for the town. Connected by green and safe streets, the neighbourhood will contain an abundance of public space, including communal gardens and allotments, alongside a Health Hub, recreational and entertainment centres and a range of different housing. Some of the site’s existing buildings will be retained and upcycled: the Foundry Gallery will form part of a new town square – the Foundry Yards – which will lead down to the Ouse opening the riverfront to the people of Lewes.

In early September, we invited the general public to explore our work in progress and provide feedback at the Phoenix Project Design Festival. If you didn’t have a chance to visit the exhibition or you’d like to take a second look, you can view the boards online here. You can images from the event below (as well as a wider gallery of images here), plus click here to watch a talk by Jonathan Smales, Human Nature Founder and CEO, on sustainability at the Phoenix Project.

If you’d like to visit or revisit the exhibition we’ll be re-opening the Foundry Gallery on Thursday 28th October from 4-8pm and Saturday 30th October from 11-3pm to showcase the main elements of the display, with members of the Human Nature team on hand to answer any questions. We’re compiling a list of your most frequently asked questions, put to us before, during and after the festival, which you can read here – we’ll be answering more over the coming weeks and months. If you’d like to share your thoughts, please do use this questionnaire. You can also sign up the Phoenix Project newsletter here.

Talks in the Soap Box
The site plans in 3D: models in the Foundry Gallery
Meeting the architects in the Foundry Gallery
Little Lewes: children’s design competition
Local food: Pat’s Pizza and Real Burger Lewes
Healthy living: fitness classes with Soulfit
Relaxing in Hammonds Yard: Singer Marie White and Zu Cafe
Sustainable mobility: pedal-power in various forms
Design thinking and co-creation: capturing ideas in workshops

Images by Philip Volkers and the Human Nature team


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