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New 37 dwelling 'active elderly' scheme in Woolwich completed

Pellings has acted as Architect and Project Manager on the development of Mabel Polley House for the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The 'active elderly' scheme which has been designed to HAPPI standards has delivered ten two-bedroom and 27 one-bedroom high quality homes, with a communal lounge, parking for 37 cars and landscaped grounds.

The new build element sits at a right-angle to the existing building and has been constructed in modern materials. The layout of the new build element has been designed with an access corridor on the northern side that has been widened in areas to provide break-out spaces for informal encounters and neighbourly conversations.

The design of the western section of the existing building has been retained and retrofitted and extended to enable access to all the storeys of the new build portion. The extension to the existing building is in the red/brown brickwork that matches the retained façade along Woolwich Common, ensuring the unity of the scheme when viewed from a distance.

The design meets HAPPI requirements which relate to space and flexibility, daylight, outdoor space, adaptability, shared facilities, and energy efficiency. These standards have been met in numerous ways throughout the development of the scheme, including allowing flexibility for accommodation to be adapted should residents' health deteriorate and specialist equipment or installations be required to enable residents to remain in their home.

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