Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) were appointed by Housing & Care 21 to prepare a Full Plans Planning Application for the expansion of an existing Sheltered Housing scheme in Royston.
Set within a confined urban location, a sloping site and surrounded by mature trees, SBA had to develop an imaginative response to achieve the additional 18no apartments desired by Housing & Care 21.
Utilising 2 areas of inaccessible shrub land within the site SBA worked with Housing & Care 21 to develop a strategy where the new accommodation was provided as 2 separate additions. A new extension to the existing property provides 12 no apartments, which benefit from a new stretcher lift and a link into each of the existing building levels. To facilitate this development extensive consultation was undertaken with the Arboriculturalist to deliver a no dig foundation solution due to the presence of existing trees in this section of the site. Surface Water attenuation within this lower section of the site was also carefully positioned to avoid any detrimental impact on existing root areas.
The remainder of the accommodation has been provided within a smaller standalone block to the south of the site to create a semi enclosed arrival court bookended by the existing building.
A mix of one and two bedroom apartments have been provided with associated resident, staff and visitor parking and secure landscaped gardens.
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
- create a highly desirable, safe and secure supported environment.
The existing Blackett-Ord Court is finished in a red facing brick with little patternation although this causes the existing building to appear monolithic and stand out against the other buildings in the vicinity. Rather than look to match the existing materials of Blackett-Ord Court the submitted proposals instead take their cue from the more historic properties in the area to try and stitch the development back into the surroundings.