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Proctor and Matthews wins planning for Essex almshouses

[FIRST LOOK] Proctor and Matthews Architects has won planning consent for a supported housing scheme in Colchester inspired by ‘historic Essex almshouses’  

The Ascott House development for Family Mosaic, features 35 homes ranging from samller units through to large family houses as well as staff facilities, meeting rooms and a children’s play area.

According to a spokesman for the practice a new gatehouse will act as ‘a threshold between the street and the more tranquil spaces within, enhancing the nse of domesticity, security and community’.

The scheme will be built with patterned brick and terracota tiles and to Code for Sustainble Homes Level 4.

Andrew Matthews, director at Proctor and Matthews, said: ‘We have taken a traditional housing model and adapted it to support modern-day individuals and families. I’m particularly pleased that the mix of accommodation - from larger family homes to studio apartments - will encourage a real sense of community, security and support for people at a vulnerable time.

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