St Paul’s Extra Care
Part of the regeneration project of Efford, Plymouth
The development started with a complicated land transfer that freed up land to enable a new frail elderly development, a new church and a new public library. This also marked the start of the regeneration of Efford.
The client, Sarsen Housing Association, the local authority, Plymouth City Council and the Church of England, along with the ‘heart of Efford’ Community Partnership were all active in establishing from the start an ‘integrated’ approach. Numerous public consultations were held at the local school to develop the proposals and consultations were also held with existing residents in both old and new developments to ensure that the new building would meet the needs of end users.
The project was established under tight financial constraints and the team worked hard to establish a workable budget from the outset, utilising experience gained on previous projects. Our main design aim was to create a simple layout, which would aid the user group in moving around the building. This was achieved by creating straight/open corridors, level access throughout and the inclusion of 2 lifts. This was aided by having different colour schemes around the building, which helps the residents identify their location.
There is a mix of 2 flat types, which included 1 & 2 bed units. These included accessible WC’s and shower, double master bedrooms and full Tunstall support systems.