Round Hill community project

Project Details


This project brings together academics from the University of Brighton and residents of the Round Hill area, both owner-occupiers and tenants in private rented sector housing many of them students living in houses of multiple occupation.

The project provides opportunities to investigate the fabric, condition and tenure of a representative area of Brighton’s traditional housing, much of which has been labelled as ‘hard to treat’ and determine how condition and other issues impact on energy efficiency in order to produce a resident’s tool kit to reduce fuel poverty and provide sustainable solutions for affordable warmth. Undergraduate students from the university will undertake basic condition surveys and thermographic imaging of a sample of properties and develop a tool kit for residents to improve thermal comfort for particular housing types. A video will be made of the results and recommendations which will be posted on social media for the residents association and the wider community.

The long-term aim of the project is to build a network of residents (in close proximity to the university) so students can benefit from working on live projects with those residents who, in turn, will benefit from the information exchange provided. This will work in line with the current Housing Strategy for Brighton and Hove around the creation of decent, warm and healthy homes against the specific challenges faced in the city of a substantially older housing stock. Brighton's housing stock is 40 per cent pre 1919 as opposed to the national average of 25 per cent and the fact that two out of every seven homes in the city are rented from a private landlord.

Key findings

A street map of the Round Hill area indicated the areas covered and its context within the city of Brighton and Hove. Sample properties were annotated on the map along with descriptions of property types. The university worked closely with the resident’s association to evaluate how informative the residents find our videos by carrying out feed-back evaluation at the end of the second session.

It prepares the ground for longitudinal research to assess the impact of this advice on the residents of the area.
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/18


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