Ashford Borough Council wanted to redevelop Farrow Court to deliver 84 apartments for older people and adults with learning difficulties to meet the new political agenda for integrated housing, health and adult services. The Council wanted the redevelopment to also provide 12 independent living units for those with learning difficulties and 8 recuperative facilities, as well as Age UK’s Joe Fagg Centre which is a community facility available for use by local residents.
Ashford Borough Council appointed Pellings to provide Clerk of Works and Employers Agent services to the redevelopment of Farrow Court. The project provided modern accommodation for older people in which integration with the wider community is promoted through easy access to multiple communal facilities, including a hairdresser, multi-use activity rooms, restaurant, garden and shops. Farrow Court incorporated many of the design standards set out in both the Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) scheme, and the Housing our Ageing Population Plan for Implementation (HAPPI2). These reports ensured residents were offered a mixture of property sizes, facilities and designs, helping to ensure that the elderly residents would be comfortable in the environment and would have all the resources that they needed.
We are delighted to have worked on a rewarding project that not only promotes inclusivity and diversity, but has helped shaped the lives of vulnerable individuals through efficient designs.