Extra care housing
Downlands Court provides 41 flats for people aged over 60 who need some extra support to continue living independently. Built on the site of a former day centre, the scheme includes a memory clinic for people with Alzheimer's.
There is a 24-hour care team on site together with a host of other facilities such as an emergency alarm system, secure courtyard garden and electric buggy charging.
A community engagement group and formal steering group worked with the housing association and the contractors on the building's development. This resulted in a high level of awareness and good support for the scheme locally.
'...a high level of awareness and good support for the scheme...'
Contaminated ground on the site led to detailed discussions with Environmental Heath Officers, the Environmental Agency and the geotechnical testing consultants 'Ashdown Site Investigations'. This enabled us to develop a plan of limited remediation works to clear the contaminated ground, resulting in validation of the site ready for building.
The site had no access to a storm water sewer, therefore new soakaways had to be incorporated into scheme.
The existing three metre deep soakaways on the site became redundant in the new drainage design as they fell under the new building's footprint; these and a basement plant room had to be taken account of in the foundation design.