Charter House was the first pilot project for Moat’s Comprehensive Development Initiative (CDI) in the Maldon area and sought to rationalise stock transferred from the Local Authority. Baily Garner Architects explored refurbishment and new build options for the existing 39 sheltered flats and bedsits built in the 1960s, Planning Consent was eventually granted for a new development of 22 one and two bedroom general needs flats, designed to complement the character of existing cottages on Wantz Road.
Our design created two L-shaped blocks fronting the main road and forming an ‘entrance’ to a new access route, leading to car parking and an adjoining sheltered scheme at the rear, with a communal garden for each block. By alternating roof lines between eaves and parapets and facades with brick or pastel coloured render, the contemporary design blended effortlessly into the existing street scene and was recognised in the Maldon District Conservation and Design Awards, winning the ‘Top Design Award’ in 2009.
This environmentally friendly, timber framed scheme achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, using photovoltaic energy which provides some free electricity to each home. Ten new apartments were offered to local first time buyers on a shared ownership basis.