Construction has commenced on a new publicly-funded mixed-tenure residential development for older and vulnerable people, designed by Saunders Boston Architects. The milestone was marked by a Turning of the Turf ceremony, at which the ground of the development site in Washingborough, Lincolnshire was broken.
The residence will have level access facilities, tailored communal facilities within the property and secure landscaped gardens. This first phase of the development will provide a total of 32 independent living dwellings – 26 of which will be two bedroom apartments, and eight of which will be two bedroom bungalows. Each apartment will be self-contained, with a kitchenette and an en-suite with a level access shower. The development will also include photovoltaic panels, which aid in providing hot water and contribute to the property achieving high sustainability standards.
Despite the uneven topography of the site, Saunders Boston Architects managed to raise some areas to ensure level access with adjacent parking. The design has been focused completely around ensuring safe and accessible homes for the elderly and vulnerable, to the extent that even the material selection process was meticulous in order to avoid unnecessary and disruptive maintenance issues.
This development with Lace Housing, the project’s Lincoln-based provider, is just one of several that Saunders Boston Architects is designing for the housing association in the region. The next scheme, located in Nettleham, will commence in the summer of 2018, and further projects are in the pipeline within Lincolnshire.
This is a particularly rewarding project for Saunders Boston Architects to be involved in and the team is very much looking forward to the project’s completion in the summer of 2019.