The Cittaviveka Buddhist monastery, first established in 1979, supports a resident community of monks and nuns in a quiet rural environment within the South Downs National Park. Flint Construction won the tender to construct a new building to provide a meeting room and quiet ‘refuge space’together with ablution and laundry facilities to support the living requirements of the monks.

The detail

The new building, in conjunction with existing buildings, creates a courtyard space around an old orchard.The overall form and size is a carefully arranged fit in relation to existing buildings as well as the natural environment and surrounding trees.

As well as giving careful consideration to the client requirements and creating a design that is sympathetic to the existing surroundings, the architect also detailed the building to be sustainable and energy efficient. Particular attention was given to insulation, airtightness, and ventilation. A heat main pipe was extended from the existing central biomass /log fired system serving other buildings, to a heat store within the building.


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  • Full project management

Chithurst Buddhist Monastery

The project was delivered on time and on budget and any snagging was efficiently dealt with.

Sam St Clair-Ford

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