Mae has won planning for this elderly person housing and healthcare scheme in Lisson Grove, north-west London
The elderly housing ‘tower’ will be built on a tight, triangular plot and features 55m2 apartments all with external balconies. The competition-winning scheme was originally eight storeys (see below) but had five extra storeys added to house more homes for private sale.
The development has been designed to meet Housing for an Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) recommendations and is the first such scheme designed by Mae.
The new building will provide 14 new private retirement flats, alongside 45 socially rented-homes for elderly residents who are being moved out of the soon-to-be demolished 1970s Penn House.
Once decanted, the building will be replaced by a 6,000m2 medical and community centre together with 1,300m2 of ‘enterprise space’, which also won planning last week.
Mae beat off competition from PRP and Maccreanor Lavington to win the job for City West Homes and Westminster Council, back in January 2013.
Daniel Astaire, Westminster City Council cabinet member for business and housing, said: ‘This is a huge milestone in the renewal of the Church Street area, and one that demonstrates what can be achieved when local people are involved in shaping the future of their own neighbourhood.’
Work on the project is due to start in September and is expected to complete in 2018.
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Mae reveals Westminster housing for elderly scheme
Alex Ely beats off competition from PRP and Maccreanor Lavington to win split-site scheme for Westminster Council and CityWest Homes
The competition to design a new elderly person housing scheme and healthcare hub project in Lisson Grove, north-west London, has been won by mae.
Working with Atkins, Alex Ely’s practice beat PRP and Maccreanor Lavington to land the split-site scheme for CityWest Homes on behalf of Westminster City Council.
Residents living in the soon-to-be-demolished 1970s Penn House will be moved into a new 53-home building designed to meet Housing for an Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) recommendations. Once decanted, the building will be replaced by a 6,000m2 medical and community centre together with 1,300m2 of ‘enterprise space’ and another 38 flats and seven houses.
The eight-storey elderly housing ‘tower’ will be built on a tight, triangular plot and features 55m2 apartments all with external balconies.
According to Ely, the rooms have been designed to be flexible and can be subdivided for visitors. He added: ‘The communal areas are critical for people living on their own and we have tried to allow space for sociability.’
The practice hopes to submit plans in May for a start on site in early 2014.