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Proctor and Matthews wins go-ahead for Cotswold retirement homes

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Proctor and Matthews has won planning for a 114-home retirement village in Tetbury, Gloucestershire

The practice claims the assisted living units exceed the recommendations set out in the 2009 HAPPI report in terms of space standards and boast a mix of external, private and communal spaces.

Earmarked for a brownfield site on the edge of the town, the development’s layout and external appearance is based on the Cotswold’s historic farmsteads and almshouses. The materials used include Cotswold stone and limewashed render.

The homes are clustered around courtyards and features one and two-bedroom apartments arranged in two-storey clusters with larger maisonettes positioned above ground floor apartments.

A barn-like building sits centrally on the site and contains communal facilities including a dining area, IT space, and exercise room.

Construction on the site is expected to begin in March 2015, with completion due in Spring 2017.


The architect’s view

‘It is five years since the HAPPI report on housing for an ageing population signalled the importance of this neglected sector and the lack of UK exemplars for accommodation which can sensitively respond to the evolving particular needs of this section of society. We are fortunate to be working alongside other architects, landscape architects and consultant teams with Pegasus Life – an enlighted client who are developing architectural strategies for a series of buildings across the country. This has focused on the creation of community structures which will nurture both the idea of smaller social groupings but also individual identity. Sadly that approach remains rare, and there are certainly lessons for more general needs housing which all to often lacks a proper examination of a varied and socially responsive infrastructure.

‘The site’s courtyard model, which Proctor and Matthews have successfully applied elsewhere including at the 2014 RIBA Award-winning Hargood Close in Colchester, seeks to provide elderly residents with a sense of identity and security, and encourage the establishment of small community groupings within the wider framework of the care village. In more practical terms, this arrangement avoids long corridors, enables dual aspect living spaces, and encourages passive surveillance by residents and staff.’


Project data

Location Tetbury, Gloucestershire  
Type of project retirement housing 
Client Pegasus Life
Architect Proctor & Matthews 
Start on site date March 2015
Completion date Spring 2017

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