Hilderstone Road Extra Care Development – Stoke on Trent
Sanctuary Housing Association
Stoke on Trent
Bowman Riley designed the redevelopment of a derelict residential site on Hilderstone Road into housing for local disabled people currently living in inappropriate hospital accommodation. The site was selected following consultation with carers and relatives to ensure satisfactory amenity, convenience and access.
The 680m² development accommodates a cluster of seven self-contained one bedroom apartments together with ancillary accommodation commensurate with the 24 hour support available to the residents. In response to the local character, the development maintains the local style of single storey properties with large roofs, providing additional staff accommodation at first floor level within the roof space. The massing in principle is split into two blocks with hipped roofs with a low level light weight flat roofed link between the two. This helps reduce the volume of the large footprint which extends back within the site and gives the impression of two distinctly separate bungalow style properties built within the site curtilage. A palette of red brick work, render and Redland grey Cambrian slate roofing is used to reflect the older properties in the vicinity. As many of the residents have mobility problems, the layout was designed to be as compact as possible, ensuring access can be achieved to all flats with the exception of the staff quarters. The internal design of the building are designed to address the needs of users with limited mobility and is fully accessible to wheelchair and buggy users.
Yvonne Tucker, Sanctuary’s project manager said: “This has been an exciting project which truly has the potential to improve and enrich the lives of people in Stafford living with physical and learning disabilities. “We have worked closely with the new tenants and their families throughout; to make sure we have done everything possible to help residents live happily and comfortably in their new homes.”