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Duggan Morris wins go-ahead for 'new concept for retirement living'

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Duggan Morris Architects has scooped permission for this ground-breaking retirement development in the grounds of a grade II-listed house in Sevenoaks, Kent

The 73-home scheme within the Wildernesse Estate is backed by PegasusLife and aims to ‘fundamentally re-think and re-invent the places’ available for older people.

The ‘high specification, high quality’ project includes a number of mews houses flanking the main house, formerly a blind school which will converted into new accommodation by Purcell, and free-standing villas containing flats.

The team includes planning consultants Tibbalds, landscape architects Camlins, structural engineers Peter Brett Associates and environmental engineers Max Fordham.

Work could start on site this autumn.

The architect’s view

‘The site’s location is an area of local landscape importance set partially within the Wildernesse Conservation Area. It is characterised by a rolling landscape, high quality trees, swathes of woodland and sweeping views. The quality and nature of the built form and surrounding landscape make it ideal for owners to enjoy a sociable and dynamic lifestyle and get what they want out of life, promoting healthy living and a strong sense of wellbeing.

‘PegasusLife, the client, is a business on a mission to fundamentally re-think and re-invent the places and ways in which we live as we get older.

‘Its central idea is that everyone, irrespective of age, shares an aspiration to live independently in a beautiful, socially inclusive and intelligently designed home.

‘It supports this with an efficient and ethical approach to property management together with a service style tailored to deliver a unique experience for people based on what matters to them.

‘The scheme was developed over a period close to a year prior to submission, involving a significant community engagement process including exhibitions and consultation events; many on site. PegasusLife and the design team will continue working closely with the planning authority and representatives of local resident groups throughout the subsequent phases of the design development in the same open spirit of collaboration observed to date.’

Project data

Client: PegasusLife
Architect Duggan Morris Architects
Planning consultant Tibbalds Planning
Contractor TBC
Structural engineer Peter Brett Associates
Environmental engineer Max Fordham
Cost consultant Gleeds
CDM coordinator White Young Green
Approved building control inspector NHBC


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