As a growing retirement housing developer, the client saw an opportunity to transform a vacant industrial laundry site in 2015. Consisting of 3,400 m2 of one- and two-bed generously sized apartments for people aged over 60, the brief was to exceed a target net internal area and design shared facilities that promote a sense of community.

Local knowledge and careful negotiation with the planning authorities secured much higher densities than thought possible, boosting the project’s overall viability. Our concept is an efficient, buildable template building capable of being repeated, stacked and configured to make a south-facing courtyard. The system delivers high quality, roomy and adaptable living spaces that will more than satisfy the needs of the client’s target market.

Our contemporary architecture responds to the local Arts and Crafts mansion block context, tying the development into its local community. The primary circulation route is a colonnade linking courtyards, a unifying element that will promote friendly neighbourliness.

Working to an ambitious programme, we are collaborating closely with the core project team to coordinate progress to meet our client’s targets.

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Project credits


  • Project Director: Steve Jones
  • Architect: Dan Burns
  • Architect: Rafid Sulaiman
  • Architect: Tom Lea
  • Architectural Assistant: Arseni Timofejev
  • Architectural Assistant: Eugenia Pavone
  • Architectural Assistant: Joe Mercer
  • Visualiser: David Deroo
  • Architectural Assistant: Anna Rubin


  • Structural: Symmetrys
  • M&E: Milieu Consult
  • Acoustics: Lee Cunningham Partnership
  • Project Managment & CDM: Gleeds
  • Building Control: Head Projects
  • Landscape: Camlins
  • Transport: Odyssey Markides
  • Fire: WSP
  • QS: PMP Consultants
  • Daylight/Sunlight: EB7
  • Planning: Barton Willmore

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