AF Coach Tour: Sussex

Join us for a daytrip led by architects of recently completed projects throughout Sussex.


08:30am, Saturday, 28 September 2019


08:00pm, Saturday, 28 September 2019

Tour Guides: 

Adam Richards

Adam Richards

Paul Zara



One day


£45// AF Members and Supporters can use their code for 20% discount

*If you are interested in the tour but want to make your own way there from outside London please contact and we can arrange a reduced ticket price

Meeting Point:

Outside Oval Station.

Please arrive by 8.45am as the coach will leave by 9am.

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The AF is launching a new series of coach tours exploring landmark and contemporary projects thoughout London's satellite boroughs, the Home Counties, and beyond. 

Join us on 28 September for a day-long study of historic and contemporary residential and cultural projects in Sussex, starting at the recently completed private house at Nithurst Farm, where Adam Richards (Adam Richards Architects) will lead the tour, followed by a visit to Ditchling Museum by the same architect.

Other highlights include a visit to the University of Sussex buildings designed by Sir Basil Spence, ending with a tour of the Grade II* listed Embassy Court by Wells Coates on the Brighton seafront with Paul Zara (Conran and Partners).

The day will start in Oval, where the group will take a coach at 9am to Sussex and will return back to Oval at roughly 8pm.

Nithurst Farm

Nithurst Farm, Adam Richards Architects (2019)

Nithurst Farm is built from structural concrete and wrapped in a thick brick skin. Arched brick window openings give ‘cadence’ to the long side elevations.

The backs of these arches are visible from within the house, differentiating the inner and outer leaves. The house feels both ancient and contemporary – its weighty and tactile materials speak to those of the surrounding farm buildings, whilst the abstraction of its stepped form is suggestive of minimalist sculpture.  

The character of this space is informed by Renaissance drawings and by Palladio’s plan for the Villa Barbaro.  With influences ranging from Vanbrugh to Tarkovsky, the design has multiple layers of reference and association, each informing the whole, enhancing its meaning, whilst creating a beautiful place to live.


Ditchling Museum

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Adam Richards Architects (2013)

This Lottery-funded project enables the museum’s collection of work by Eric Gill, David Jones and others to be meaningfully displayed. The project includes a new entrance & shop for the museum on Ditchling’s village green in a converted listed barn. The principal new building on the site is constructed using engineered timber, and clad with black zinc. It houses a new introductory gallery with a ‘Wunderkammer’ containing the museum’s founding objects. The culmination of our designs for the museum is a gallery to exhibit the Stanhope Press. Used to disseminate the ideas of Gill & his followers, this still-working printing press is placed at the end of a chapel-like space, surrounded by displays of works-on-paper.

The Sunday Times considered the museum to be the best architectural project of the year; Hugh Pearman called it 'an important building for English rural architecture'.


Embassy Court, Wells Coates (1935)

Embassy Court is arguably Brighton’s finest twentieth-century building and an outstanding example of modernist design. With its roof terrace and 11 storeys of sea-view apartments, the building was once the glamorous home of the wealthy and famous, but after years of decline was left near-derelict. Conran and Partners were appointed by the management company Bluestorm to bring the 1930s building back to life. The work was completed in 2006, including the careful restoration of the exterior to its original appearance and drastic upgrading of services. The sun terrace – previously closed off due to a lack of railings – was also reinstated allowing spectacular sea views.



Full itinerary to be confirmed