Supportive Accommodation
Client: Essex County Council
Location: Chelmsford
Status: Completed

Goldlay Square

Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) is working closely with Essex County Council Housing Team to deliver contemporary mixed-tenure accommodation for those with Learning Difficulties and general private sale on the site of the previous County Library’s depot in Central Chelmsford.

SBA has worked successfully with the Housing Team to undertake residential site / market testing, developing the site master plan and successfully gain planning permission for the development on the first attempt.

The density and scale has played close attention to the existing developments adjacent to the site, yet at the same time recognising the need to increase the density to make the most efficient use of the site to create a sense of place and provide much needed supported accommodation for those with learning difficulties.  

The accommodation is split between 3 buildings which look onto a central communal garden providing residents with views and access to trees, wildflower meadows and ornamental planning areas. The central space has been designed to encourage walking, informal play, rest and enjoyment.

The original feasibility inherited by SBA showed 32 units. SBA has successfully managed to better maximise the sites development potential and commercial viability for Essex C.C. by achieving an uplift in units.

Key Services carried out by Saunders Boston Architects:

  • Maximising the site potential, balancing the accommodation needs on a tight site.
  • Balance the needs of those with learning difficulties with private sale
  • Ensuring harmony with the surrounding residential area.
  • Compliance with parking policies based on accommodation.


Best residential development (under 70 homes)’ category

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