Adur View is an exceptional site in West Sussex, facing south towards the flood plain of the River Adur opposite the South Downs National Park, on the edge of the historic village of Upper Beeding. The existing 1960s building contained 16 bedsits, 6 x 1-bed flats and 1 x 3-bed flat, all used as sheltered housing for elderly people. As most of the accommodation comprised bedsits without private bathrooms, it was deemed unsatisfactory by current care quality standards.
Our brief from Saxon Weald was to provide at least the same number of dwellings, but as self-contained sheltered flats with private kitchens and bathrooms, which meant a larger building.
The nearest neighbours to the site included two listed buildings, and the South Downs National Park had just been created, with its boundary on the opposite bank of the river. The design process included detailed discussions with neighbours, planners and the conservation officer in order to provide a larger building of traditional appearance respecting the context of the listed buildings and the prominence of the site.
This was achieved by making the building look as if it had been formed from separate buildings over time, incorporating a variety of local materials including weather boarding, flint, brickwork and render. The new building contains a total of 21 one bedroom flats, 4 x 2-bedroom flats (an increase of two dwellings) and common facilities.