Sheltered Housing
Client: Uttlesford District Council and Lovell
Location: Newport
Status: Complete

Sheltered Housing Development

Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) worked very closely with Uttlesford District Council Housing and main contractor Lovell to redevelop the site of an existing 1960’s Sheltered Housing scheme identified as not ‘fit for purpose’. This included the demolition of the existing building and the erection of the new proposal in two phases, to minimise disruption to residents during the construction process.

SBA provided both Architectural and Interior Design services as part of a holistic approach.

Phase One was successfully completed in July 2017 and Phase Two was successfully had over in September 2018.

The site is surrounded by a mix of housing (semi-detached two storey houses, single storey bungalows and detached homes) and adjacent playing fields with trees. The development provides a contemporary building providing 41 new self-contained apartments, with a strong emphasis on functionality and integration with the public realm, which meets the needs of residents now and in the future. The building is owned and managed by Uttlesford District Council.

Communal facilities include a main residents lounge, sunroom, hair salon, assisted spa and wellbeing & treatment room. Guest facilities are also available.

The design is based around a south facing courtyard and sedum finished roofs increase the biodiversity of the site whilst contributing to the sustainable surface water drainage solution and high environmental standards.

All apartments are either occupied or allocated.

Key Services carried out by Saunders Boston Architects:

  • Architectural & Interior Design services
  • Maximising the site potential, balancing the accommodation needs on a tight site.
  • Designing a scheme which is fully integrated but which permits phased construction
  • Ensuring harmony with the surrounding residential area.
  • Managing a complex multi stakeholders
  • Full planning consent
  • Technical delivery



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“We have been very impressed with Saunders Boston, having worked with them on a variety of housing and care schemes. We find their team’s expertise leads to innovative yet cost-effective design solutions that deliver high-quality homes. Their specialist residential team takes the time to ensure all designs are provided in a timely manner and to a depth of detail that contributes to the smooth running of our projects. In addition, the company’s approachable, friendly ethos means they are a pleasure to work alongside and makes them an integral part of any residential design team”.

Justin Coote (Development Manager) Lovell Partnership