Projects: Halden Heights, Ashford

High Halden lies 10 miles west of Ashford and its vernacular typifies the Kent countryside. This development of 25 assisted living apartments is the second phase of a care development of this site. The first phase, a 55 bed three storey care home, and full planning approval for the apartments was undertaken by Andrew whilst working for a former employer. This second phase involved the demolition of Halden House, an existing Victorian office building, and the construction of this two and a half storey building. Fluid Designs appointment involved the production of construction drawings, the achievement of Building Regulations approval and the supervision of the works on site on behalf of the client. The apartments encourage independent living for individuals and couples alike with a mix of one and two bed suites all with the added benefit of a care package provided by professional staff which includes personal, nutritional, practical and social care.

In terms of design, the building takes elements of phase I in relation to detailing and materials but adds an element of tile hanging to the building which is prevalent in the area. The buildings most striking feature is the two octagonal ‘towers’ which sit at the internal and external corners of the building dividing both wings of apartments. The external tower, facing the front of the site, provides communal accommodation in the form of a large open plan restaurant at ground floor, a sitting room at first floor and a library at second floor. The other tower forms and entrance foyer with feature staircase at ground floor, an open gallery at first floor and a function room at second floor. The building was completed in June 2012.

Project value: £2.2m

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