Coningsby Road
High Wycombe

Client Hightown Housing Association
Location High Wycombe
Size 500m2
Value £500,000
Status Complete

Coningsby Road

The Coningsby Road development provides Supported Housing for people with learning difficulties and is situated on the side of a steeply sloping valley overlooking High Wycombe. This allowed for the construction of a 4-storey development comprising a lower ground floor that faces out to the rear of the site, with a further 3 storeys being visible from Coningsby Road.

Six flats are provided on 4 levels, together with a care manager’s office / sleepover room, a communal lounge with kitchen area, and rear communal garden. The site was previously occupied by a single-storey bungalow with a lower garden area.

The construction of the building is formed through the use of tanked reinforced concrete construction for the lower ground floor and retaining walls, with timber frame construction being incorporated from the ground floor level upwards.

The unique second floor flat is formed within the sloping roof of the building.

The building was constructed in accordance with Robust Construction details and achieved Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 through the implementation of a fabric first principle, with well insulated external walls, floors and roof.

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Nicholas House

Client Hightown Housing Assocation
Location Amersham
Size 2450m2
Value £2.6m
Status Complete

Nicholas House - Main

The Nicholas House development provides Supported Housing for people with learning difficulties and mental health issues.

The development takes the form of two separate buildings; the larger of which is in stepped form reflecting the topography of the site. It incorporates a variety of dwelling types including 6 flats for people with learning difficulties with a communal lounge, staff office and secure garden area.

The building also houses a further 10 flats for people suffering from mental health issues with a communal lounge, support staff office & sleepover area and an enclosed courtyard garden.

The adjacent smaller building provides a further 4 ‘move-on’ independent living flats for residents, with a garden area.

The development is situated above the Chiltern Area Rain Water Aquifer, which provides drinking water to London and the surrounding area and is partially situated on a 100-year flood plain. The buildings have been designed with tanked concrete ground floors and masonry walls to alleviate the potential for flooding.

The development was designed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and incorporates a system of solar hot water panels on the roofs of the buildings.

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St Mary’s Cottages and Shelford House

St Mary’s Cottages and
Shelford House, Southend

Client Genesis
Location Southend on Sea
Size 2777m2
Value £2m
Status Complete

St Mary’s Cottages & Shelford House

The St Mary’s Cottages and Shelford House development is within the Prittlewell Conservation Area in Southend on Sea. The 6 Almshouses that form St Mary’s cottages date from 1896 and are considered to be of local architectural merit. The scheme incorporates a variety of Supported Housing dwellings to meet the needs of its residents.

The existing St Mary’s Almshouses have been carefully renovated to form 3 Independent Living dwellings for elderly people.

The new section of the development is designed to integrate within the Victorian streetscape of the surrounding Conservation Area through the use of traditional brickwork, render and clay roof tiles.

The new scheme incorporates 13 one bedroom Supported Living flats for people with Mental Health and Learning Difficulties, with associated support staff accommodation. Adjacent to this is a Respite Care unit with 4 bedsits, communal facilities and staff accommodation. A further 2 interlinked town houses complete the complex and provide 8 bedsits for elderly people, together with kitchen/diner, lounge, other communal areas and an associated Management Suite.

Each part of the development has its own communal garden and shares the car parking area.

The new development incorporates a solar hot water system and achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3.

Operations Manager - Genesis Housing Association

“It’s a fantastic project and the Supported Flats are perfect; one of the best schemes we’ve got!”

  • Finalist, LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards 2011, ‘Social Housing’

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