Working in Partnership with North Hertfordshire Homes and St Albans District Council, this scheme involved the demolition of 33 existing one bedroom flats and bedsits forming a sheltered accommodation provision, and the construction 34 new adaptable flats to lifetime homes standards. The scheme is the result of numerous consultations with the existing residents, local residents and the local planning department.
The new building includes associated communal and staff facilities, consisting of a resident dining room and kitchen, a hair, beauty and therapy room, internet, hobby and activity rooms and a residents lounge. Separate assisted bathing suites have also been provided on each floor together with staff sleep over room, guest suite, quiet room and laundry facilities.
At the buildings heart is a triple height atruim space which houses fully glazed meeting rooms, seating areas and each floor is given a different colour to aid orientation.
The scheme achieves Code Level 4 of the Code For Sustainable Homes, and incorporates a Combine Heat and Power plant with high levels of thermal insulation, water saving measures and rainwater collection to name but a few. The project was completed in February 2012 and won a St Albans Civic Society Award.