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The project involved the demolition of a detached 20c house and single-storey garage in Loughton, Essex and the construction of a two and a half-storey block of 5 one and two-bedroom flats, with communal amenity space and off-street parking.
The site is irregular in character and the rear garden is triangular in shape. The building occupies the end plot in a row of residential dwellings, with the boundary of the Metropolitan Green Belt extending to the flank elevation of the site. The immediate area is residential in nature with two storey dwelling houses being the dominant style.
The development consists of two flats at both ground and first floor levels, with the fifth flat being located in the roof space. The central staircase wraps around a passenger lift, providing good access to all levels. Hard and soft landscaping has been provided at the front of the development to incorporate off-street parking, with a large communal garden to the rear of the property.
The building has a traditional design, with the overall size and juxtaposition of the building on the site, ensuring the development reflects the character of the area and would not become a dominant feature in the streetscape.
The scheme has been designed to meet the Lifetime Homes Criteria and incorporates a specialist remote monitoring system for each dwelling. The assistive technology aims to support individuals to live the life they choose, living in their own home, adapting to changing lifestyles in an environment that is both self-sufficient and secure.