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- Original design
- PRP Architects , 2014
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Notting Hill Genesis has transformed Cheviot Gardens from a dated and unsuitable sheltered housing scheme into an exemplary Extra Care development for residents over the age of 55. Despite the poor state of the original buildings an active group of residents had established a strong community spirit which was important to retain. The residents were consulted on the new design and were very much part of the journey of redeveloping the site. Arrangements were made for the group of residents to reside off site together during the construction period and many of them have now returned to enjoy living in new 'state of the art' apartments.
The development provides 84 apartments, beautiful gardens and an extensive range of support facilities, some of which are open to the wider community.
The design was a response to the recommendations of the HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population) report by DoH/ CLG and HCA in 2009:
• Apartments provide a 'Home for Life' enabling the residents to live independently in their own home with care and support to meet their specific needs.
• Wheelchair access is provided throughout the internal and external environment
• Space Standards are generous and exceed minimum standards
• Open galleries are used to access apartments, thus avoiding institutional corridors, overheating and reducing cleaning, maintenance and lighting costs
• Strong connections with the garden and wider community of West Norwood are possible from the gallery, ensuring natural surveillance and interaction between residents.
• Apartments are true dual aspect, optimising orientation, ventilation, and natural light
• Generous private patios or balconies are provided to all apartments.
• A strong sense of the community is provided via the garden and communal activities.
The site is within a residential area of West Norwood with frontage onto 3 streets. The original development had a poor relationship with the surrounding streets with 'leftover' and underused public realm space around the edges of the site. The new development seeks to repair these conditions by providing active street frontages and a large central garden enclosed by the new buildings. The main entrance is clear and welcoming with a generous foyer where residents can sit and enjoy the busiest and most social area of the building. The foyer leads directly to the lounge, garden and restaurant while access to the apartments is via fobbed doors which ensure privacy and security for the residents.
The concept for the outward looking facades is to break down the mass of the building by creating 'houses' in the street with a similar rhythm and module to the adjacent terraces. The design reflects the palette of materials of the surrounding residential streets and uses a combination of 3 brick types and 3 balcony types to bring architectural variety. By contrast, the facades overlooking the central communal garden are a single brick type with a simple treatment to the railings.
The building was developed by Notting Hill Genesis, designed by PRP and built by Durkan. Completion was in 2016.
Living a fulfilling and independent life also means having care and support on hand when you need it. While many residents living at Cheviot Gardens are independent, everyone has access to high quality care and housing related support provided by Notting Hill Genesis if required.
This team are dedicated to ensuring residents' social needs and health requirements are met, along with additional personal assistance if needed. Care and support staff are available 24 hours a day, provide an emergency response, planned care, liaison with family, support to return from hospital and care co-ordination.
Meeting the neighbours and making new friends is facilitated and made possible through the vibrant weekly and changing list of social events, health and wellbeing activities which residents can join as and when they choose. Activities are tailored and planned with residents.
Unique to the concept of Extra Care are the complementary communal facilities and spaces which include a restaurant and café. Customers can choose to dine in the restaurant, invite friends and family and have meals, including supper, delivered to their apartment.
The mixed tenure of the scheme includes customers nominated by the London Borough of Lambeth (66 units) and 18 units for sale: everyone can access the same level of service based on a care assessment.