Culverton Court
Princes Risborough

Client Hightown Housing Association
Location Princes Risborough
Size 1365m2
Value £2.2m
Status Complete

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Culverton Court is part of the reprovision of Mental Health Services across Buckinghamshire, moving people from bedsit accommodation in a communal building to 22 self-contained 1- bedroom flats, providing more privacy and encouraging residents to become more independent.

The buildings have been set into the steeply sloping site to minimise their impact on the surrounding properties. The design is domestic in scale with a residential appearance. The combination of a simple pallet of brick and render under a tiled roof provides a conducive environment for the residents. Each flat is a self-contained dwelling with is own front door, fully fitted kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. All the bathrooms can be converted to wet floor showers to become fully accessible for wheelchair users.

The lower block provides supported housing with a communal lounge, meeting room, office and sleepover accommodation. The stepped section creates a series of stairwells for the 8 x 1 - bedroom flats. This section has allowed the insertion of two additional 1-bedroom flats over the communal areas on the ground floor entered via an external staircase.

The upper building provides 4 independent living flats and 8 supported living flats. The communal lounge and dining facilities lead out onto a shared terrace between the two blocks. The communal kitchen / dining area allows residents and staff to cook together.

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Nicholas House
Amersham

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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Shamrock House

Shamrock House
High Wycombe

Client Hightown Housing Association
Location High Wycombe
Size 436m2
Value £1.35m
Status Complete

Shamrock House

Shamrock House is a supported living scheme in High Wycombe includes the sensitive redevelopment of a Listed Victorian pub alongside new-build accommodation, which reflects the pub’s character in a contemporary way.

The project provides14 supported living flats and communal facilities around a secure courtyard with 24-hour staffing for residents with mental health problems.

Keith Everitt, Practice Partner for the project, said: “The local authority planners were not keen on this site being redeveloped because of the Listed pub. However, we were able to show that we could incorporate the pub into the scheme and provide a sympathetic new building. The scheme was granted planning permission within eight weeks.”

This was a challenging, steeply sloping site wedged between the railway line and a car park.

Keith Everitt added: “Our solution was to provide two storeys of accommodation at the front entrance to the development with three storeys to the rear. We achieved almost 100% site coverage with amenity space provided by an upper floor terrace – which overlooks a small park - linking the redeveloped pub to the new building.”

  • Finalist, LABC Central Region Building Excellence Awards 2014, ‘Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion’ and ‘Best Social or Affordable new Housing Development’

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