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Duggan Morris wins approval for another PegasusLife retirement scheme

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Duggan Morris Architects has won the go-ahead for another major scheme backed by elderly housing provider PegasusLife - this time in north London

Billed as a ‘holistic retirement community’, the 60-home project in the heart of Hampstead includes a well-being facility, shared communal facilities including a restaurant and café, a library and activity rooms.

Earlier this year the practice also secured permission for a 73-home scheme, which aims to ‘fundamentally re-think and re-invent the places’ available for older people, for the same developer in Sevenoaks (AJ 18.05.15).

The Hampstead proposals sit among multiple conservation areas and between the ‘large scale’ Royal Free Hospital to the north and east and the smaller scale buildings to the south and west including the Rosary Roman Catholic School. The development is 10 storeys at its highest, dipping down to four storeys.

According to a statement released by the design team, which includes Max Fordham, Tibbalds and landscape architects Camlins, the scheme was conceived as a ‘series of repeated blocks, square in plan, each one responding to the adjacent conditions in scale, height and position’.

The buildings are clad in a brick skin ‘which modulates in tone and texture as the blocks increase in height’.

Each block houses three homes per level, with every flat ‘positioned relative to the next to ensure that the journey from entrance lobby to private front door is an enjoyable and uplifting sequence of communal spaces’.

Construction is due to begin later this summer.

PegasusLife is amassing a significant portfolio of baby boomer retirement home schemes designed by some of the country’s leading architects.

Last month the developer netted consent for a 33-home project, also in Hampstead, drawn up by Sergison Bates (AJ 13.07.15) and is working elsewhere with Glenn Howells, Purcell and Mae (AJ 05.08.15).

Project team

Client PegasusLife
Architect Duggan Morris Architects
Project manager Aecom
Planning consultant Tibbalds Planning
Contractor: Bouygues UK
Structural engineer Elliott Wood
Environmental engineer Max Fordham
Landscape Camlins
Cost consultants Aecom
Interiors Woods Bagot
Approved building control inspector Assent Building Control


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