Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) is working with Cross Keys Homes and Endurance Estates to deliver this Extra Care Housing project in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
The new development forms part (Parcel 2B) of the much wide ‘Ely North’ development that includes over a thousand new homes, a primary school and community buildings.
The Homes and Communities Agency (CASSH2) funded extra care project provides 75 ‘affordable rented’ dwellings, forming part of the section 106 obligation for Parcel 2A. A minimum of ten additional apartments are provided for shared-ownership tenure.
Accommodation includes 1 and 2 bedroom self-contained apartments, a diverse range of flexible communal spaces, staff and guest facilities.
Set within soft-landscaped gardens the development will provide a secure environment whilst encouraging independence. Each generously sized apartment has its own kitchenette and showeroom / en-suite and benefits from either direct access to external amenity space or a walk-on or Juliet balcony.
Taking design cues from the cathedral and fine historic medieval, Victorian and Georgian architecture within the city, the proposed development has a contemporary aesthetic. The mass, scale of the building; material specification, fenestrations proportions, roofscapes and detailing all provide a link back to the past but provide a successful modern interpretation. This ensures the building is not only firmly rooted in place, but also enhances the locality.
Located on a prominent site, the building will form a landmark ‘gateway’ into the city from the north. The world famous lantern tower of the cathedral will be visible from the resident lounge and bar terrace area.
The project has gained support from the local authority housing team and members and has been very well received at Pre-App stage.