Appointed to design this 650-unit retirement village, our approach to how the buildings were designed reappraised the developer’s brief and rather than adopting a “rule book” design philosophy, we consulted what the residents, from the age of 55 and over, wanted from their properties.
The ability to adapt, and therefore stay put in one’s home, was key to the success of the development. Whilst understanding this was fundamental to the scheme housing was designed to be subtly flexible. Avoidance of clinical standard bathrooms and spaces was one example. The placing of an en-suite next to a family bathroom with the potential of simply removing the separating wall to facilitate a suitably enlarged bathroom allowed residents to affordably remain in their house.
Construction allowed for lift openings in first floors to be positioned to minimise disruption if installed later. The range of properties offered also reflected how we ensured the mix would minimise the developer’s exposure to one market. The understanding that residents who were to be attracted to this development needed to engage with the properties and the spaces the buildings was crucial. Calderpeel Architects approached the whole design process as a challenge which demanded its own individual intelligent response.