Following successful stock transfer from the London Borough of Merton to Merton Priory Homes, three existing buildings providing outdated accommodation to elderly residents were to be replaced with a new development, providing homes fit for the future and utilising the HAPPI aspirations. Residents in the existing dwellings at the time of transfer were given the option to return to occupy the new homes. Baily Garner were selected as Cost Consultants in competition and subsequently worked with Circle Anglia to monitor the development as Client Representative. Resident consultations took place prior to planning submission, where the initial development concept was presented and resident feedback formed an integral part of design considerations.
The new development provides 51 flats in total, comprising a mixture of 1 and 2 bedroom flats, with 5 flats designed for disabled residents. The new accommodation incorporated dual aspect homes and wider corridors, giving an open feel to internal circulation spaces. New facilities included a communal kitchen, lounge, dining room, laundry room, hair dressing suite, shop, doctor’s consultation room, two lifts, an activity room, management/staff facilities and two guest bedsit rooms. The development also enjoyed the added benefit of PV, with each flat having under floor heating, a hob and oven to kitchens, en-suite shower room and a winter garden balcony. Selected flats also have sliding doors allowing the lounge and bedroom to be opened up to form a larger living space. Residents also benefit from two inner courtyards, landscaped to provide an attractive communal facility.