Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) won this project in competition against other Blue Sky consortia framework architects. Our bid was judged on a design submission, presentation / interview and fee level. Out of our own initiative SBA visited an existing Axiom Housing Association/Longhurst extra care housing scheme in advance of the bid to help inform our pitch.
SBA is now working with Axiom/Longhurst and Lindum construction (Peterborough) to deliver 60 Extra Care Housing apartments in Whittlesey. The tenure mix includes affordable rent and shared-ownership.
The Greenfield project gained Full Planning Consent at the first attempt (SBA acted as Planning Consultant as well as Architect) to ensure a start on site date in-line with HCA / Homes England funding requirements. The emphasis throughout has been on promoting self-contained independent living for the over 55’s.
The project forms part of a larger master-planned developer led residential development. SBA has worked in a collaborative way with these developers and their representatives to ensure a fully co-ordinated site-wide approach.
A mix of one and two bedroom apartments have been provided with associated resident, staff and visitor parking and secure landscaped gardens.
The apartment layouts have been standardised, leading to an efficient design solution. Each apartment has access to external amenity space or a Juliet balcony, along the lines of HAPPI design principles.
SBA has worked very closely with Axiom/Longhurst, the contractor and the Employers Agent (AECOM) to ensure the project can be delivered within a very tight budget.
Communal facilities include a restaurant / bistro, café, hairdressers and well-being facilities. Staff and Guest facilities are also provided.
The accommodation has been designed to:
- be self-contained and designed to facilitate independent living
- provide an environment which meets present and future needs and expectations of older people
- designed to offer flexibility
- creation of highly desirable safe and secure supported environment.
The project started on site in April 2018.