TFP secures planning consent for two new care homes and an independent living scheme

Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital

A 60 bed care home for Greensleeves Care adjacent to Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital. As the site is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and High Weald National Park, our Landscape Visual Assessment was critical in understanding site sensitivities and informing the public consultation process. We took ownership of the issues and got to know the site in detail, proving the value of our design to conservationists, the parish council and other stakeholders. Strong support for the scheme was shown by 460 signatures to a petition from the local community in Rye, Winchelsea and surrounding villages.

Paul Newman, Chief Executive of Greensleeves Care states “The Trustees of Greensleeves Care are committed to extending our award-winning care services to the local population of Rye. This new home has been sensitively designed by respected architects who understand the day-to-day running of a care home.”

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service Site, Brentwood

This £23 million 77 bed care home and an adjacent development of 55 independent living apartments is for Billericay-based care provider Hallmark Care Homes. The scheme provides a variety of accommodation types and forms of tenure, addressing the local need for care for the elderly including dementia care.

Our design for this four storey high density build avoids all overlooking issues with little impact on neighbouring properties. As the site is highly wooded we worked very closely with the Tree Officer. In a holistic design approach we don’t just use trees as screening around the edge of the scheme but imaginatively incorporate them into the site layout.

Khosro Bashi, Partner of The Tooley and Foster Partnership says “The Architecture was significantly changed in addressing the council’s urban designer’s comments and using the comments as opportunities to improve the scheme that now sits comfortably in its surroundings.”

Kings Hill, West Malling, Tonbridge

This extra care scheme for Anchor Trust has been given the go ahead following lengthy consultation with Liberty and the planners. The development of 75 assisted living apartments is located in the centre of Kings Hill with local amenities on the doorstep.

Keith Everitt, Partner of The Tooley and Foster Partnership says “We’re particularly pleased that achievement of planning consent coincides with Anchor’s 50th anniversary year.”

Planning Approval Granted for New East London Passivhaus Homes

The Tooley & Foster Partnership’s in-house specialists Accredited Passivhaus Design has gained planning permission for two new four-bedroom homes, which will be the first Passivhaus dwellings in the London Borough of Redbridge.

The three-storey houses are on a corner plot in Ilford, East London. The clients’ brief, when appointing APD, was for a contemporary design solution, which the Redbridge planners endorsed.

APD’s Certified Passivhaus Designer is Architect Peter Ranken, who said: “For this prominent infill site the planners were keen to see modern design as an exemplar for other developments in the area.

“This pair of semi-detached houses present gabled elevations to the street, and the conjoined-twin plan gives a single gable to the rear. With metal and brick cladding, and triple-glazed windows, they give a stylish contrast to the much altered Victorian houses nearby.”

Both houses are designed to be certified to the Passivhaus standard, which requires vigorous quality control on site and ensures high levels of comfort with no draughts, minimal thermal bridging and even internal surface temperatures.

The heating costs for these houses will be around £200 per year – a radiator and two towel rails will heat each house even in mid-winter.

Construction work is due to start in Spring 2017.

APD Ilford

TFP gains planning approval for three school extensions

The Tooley & Foster Partnership has received planning approval for extensions to three Essex schools.

The projects are for The Oak-Tree Group of Schools, a group of privately-owned independent preparatory and senior day schools for boys and girls in Buckhurst Hill, Epping, North Chingford and Loughton. The aim is to improve facilities and the service the schools provide.

The first of these projects has recently started on site and the others will commence in the summer holidays.