Flexible Apartment Plans
Client: ExtraCare Charitable Trust
Status: RIBA stage 4 – Concept

ExtraCare Charitable Trust – Flexible Apartment Plans

Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) developed these Flexible Apartment Plans for ExtraCare Charitable Trust (ECCT)

SBA was asked to develop a concept they originally presented at the national Housing Learning Improvement Network (HLIN) annual conference. ECCT engaged SBA to develop an apartment that would offer residents a fully future proofed home for when their care needs changed.

ECCT therefore gave SBA the brief to develop an apartment typology that could be quickly and cost effectively converted from one layout to another.

In essence, two sizes of apartment designs (75m/2 and 95m/2 prototypes) are designed with 3 alternative layouts then can quickly adapt to the changing needs of a couple or individual;

Layout 1

For resident(s) with no care needs who require an up-market city style open-plan apartment large enough for entertaining and accommodating friends and family.

Layout 2

For resident(s) with low care needs

Layout 3

For a resident with high level care needs / dementia & a ‘Carer’ with a separate ‘quarters’

  • The prototype was developed to RIBA stage 4 in REVIT, with a full package of drawings detailing structural, mechanical and electrical principles.
  • The apartments could be stacked up to 11 storeys
  • Two external wall cladding / finish options were detailed
  • The non-load bearing internal walls (panel system by Becko) can be moved or removed to create various layout combinations
  • Underfloor heating ensures 100% flexibility with furniture layouts
  • Approved Inspector report confirming Building Regulations compliance (Part B etc.)
  • U-values are to current Building Regulation standards, acoustic standards are a 5dB improvement on base regulations