This is a new almshouse development of 31 flats for Dr Spurstowe & Bishops Wood Almshouses Charity within a conservation area. The brief called for a sensitive design which resolves the site conservation area and planning controls, but which also provides modern, high quality residential accommodation for older people. The buildings are new almshouses, providing accommodation in self-contained flats at affordable rents, without additional care provision or communal rooms. They incorporate a central shared garden, with facilities for individual residents to plant and engage in gardening activities.
The constructed design responds to the pattern and rhythm of Victorian houses along Navarino Road. It is split into two linked brick ‘villas’, with a zinc clad attic storey in place of roof and render surrounds to the lower storeys to match the rhythm of the adjoining window bays. The flats are designed to comply with Lifetime Homes, with assistive technology wiring for future adaptation to support continued independent living despite increasing frailty/infirmity.