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Mae wins planning for assisted living scheme

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Mae Architects has won planning for a new baby boomer retirement home opposite Channel 4’s HQ on Horseferry Road in Victoria, Westminster

The practice has been given the green light to redevelop Grenadier House - formerly used by the Ministry of Justice - on behalf of retirement specialist PegasusLife.

The new scheme will provide 36 self-contained, assisted living flats on five floors together with communal kitchen-café, storage areas, wellness centre/spa, guest accommodation, and apartments for staff.

The 6,580m² development replaces the existing 1980s scheme Grenadier House with two linked six-storey buildings which feature an internal courtyard, roof terrace and a basement storage and car park for 36 cars, 36 bicycles and four mobility scooters.

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According to the Mae’s plans, the new scheme is centred around the courtyard which is visible from the entrance. The circulation around the courtyard has rooms along its length helping users identify where they are at any given time.

Acoustics within the amenity spaces will be controlled to ensure residents can hear things clearly, with toilets located near the entrance and in each block. Inside the apartments, the living space has been designed with enough room for residents in wheelchairs to be able to move easily, kitchen units also have generous room between the units for ease of wheelchair movement.

Speaking about the project co-founder of PegasusLife Roger Black said: ‘There is a real lack of inspired housing options that meet the aspirations of older people, especially in large cities like London. A new generation are seeking new opportunities to live a dynamic lifestyle at the heart of our cities.

There is a real lack of inspired housing for older people

‘Our development in Westminster will offer an experience in the capital like no other. Our plans are in keeping with the distinctive atmosphere of Westminster, whilst creating a space that occupies a world of its own in a tranquil environment, as one might discover in a ‘secret’ part of the Capital.

‘This project marks an important moment for all those who share the ambition to create a long-term change in how people see retirement living. This will be a place to enjoy life and to ensure that not a second of that life is wasted.’

Project data

Architects:  
Location: Horseferry Road, Westminster, London
Type Of Project: Housing for over 60’s
Structural Engineers: Elliot Wood Partnership
Client: PegasusLife
Tender date: 19 December
Contract duration: two years
Gross internal floor area: 6,580m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: 2 stage design and build  
M&e consultant: Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor: Gleeds
Planning supervisor: JLL
Lighting consultant: Inverse

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