SP&A Architects

Success at the LABC Northern Awards 2015

 

SP&Architects received double recognition at the LABC Northern Region Awards on Friday 5th June. 

 

The Elderly persons Apartments and Bungalows, part of the larger Havelock Park Development in Redcar, gained the award for the Best Social or Affordable Housing scheme, and is now entered into the LABC National Awards. 

SP&Architects were appointed by Keepmoat to amend the original scheme by Kevin Twigger Associates for Coast and Country Housing, in accordance with the client’s revised requirements and to develop the design to enable it to be built.  The bold design for the apartment block and bungalows proved to be technically challenging, however the project was delivered to Coast and Country having achieved BREEAM 'Very Good' for the apartments and Code Level 4 for the bungalows.

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The apartment block provided 44 apartments, all of two bedroom design.  SP&Architects were instrumental in redesigning the circulation system within the building to reduce the number of lifts, thus saving money for the client, whilst also re-assessing the communal accommodation and redesigning the apartments in order to make best use of the space and the budget available.  The detail design also had to overcome various technical challenges to accommodate the complex servicing of the building.  There are also 18 bungalows for which the detailed design ensured practical and technically efficient solutions that upheld the original design concept.

Seafarers Way Dementia Specialist Housing in Hendon, Sunderland, received a commendation for its inclusive design.  The project involved the construction of a new facility providing 38 apartments and communal facilities, taking in the major refurbishment of the listed Old Orphanage building, a major feature in the area.  The Orphanage refurbishment has not only improved accessibility, but has guaranteed the future of the building for the foreseeable future.  The new building provides an environment designed specifically to address the needs of those suffering dementia.  Bold colour schemes and imagery are used throughout and features such as the interactive kitchen complement the communal lounge, dining and activity spaces.  The scheme was constructed by Keepmoat and is operated by Inclusion Housing.

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