Residential housing
Client: LACE Hosing Association
Location: Lincoln
Status: In development

Washingborough & Nettleham retirement homes

Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) is working with Lace Housing Association and Lindum construction (Lincoln) to deliver Level 1 and 2 affordable housing developments in Lincolnshire. The tenure mix includes affordable rent and shared-ownership.

Both of the greenfield projects gained Full Planning Consent at the first attempt (SBA acted as Planning Consultant as well as Architect) to ensure a start on site date in-line with HCA / Homes England funding requirements. The emphasis throughout has been on promoting independent living for the over 55’s.

Both projects form part of larger master-planned developer led residential projects. SBA has worked in a collaborative way with these developers and their representatives to ensure a fully co-ordinated approach.

In many respects SBA has treated these projects as a single project in order to ensure the projects came within budget. Apartment and bungalow layouts have been standardised – kitchen and bathroom / en-suite layouts are consistent leading to an economy of specification and increase in contractor purchasing power.

A timber frame (MCM) solution has been used for the bungalows. PV’s provide a sustainable energy generation solution.

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
  • be appropriately located in order to allow older people ease of access to a wider range of community based services.
  • creation of highly desirable safe and secure environments.


34 affordable dwellings, (8 number 2 bed bungalows and 26 number 2 bed apartments)

The project started on site in May 2018.


36 affordable dwellings, (14 number 2 bed bungalows and 22 number 2 bed apartments)

The project started on site in July 2018.

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“LACE Housing Association has enjoyed an excellent relationship with Saunders Boston. They have assisted us in the design and subsequent application for planning in respect of development opportunities within the County of Lincolnshire. Their professional team bring a range of expertise and knowledge associated to specialist support housing which in turn will help us to deliver much needed homes and support services for older and vulnerable people.”

Nick Chambers, Chief Executive.