Social Housing in a Rural Context
The project created new homes for frail and vulnerable elderly people at affordable rents, including 22 (one and two bed) apartments and 4 (two bed) bungalows. The scheme is part of an existing elderly community, which included the upgrade of the common room, which functions as the social hub for the overall Whitefriars development.
The overall design strategy elevates the importance of social interaction between residents. This is seen as a fundamental way of combatting the issue of loneliness in old age. The winter gardens, the circulation spaces and the central garden have all been designed to maximise this opportunity. Beech Gardens is an exemplary project which successfully incorporates HAPPI principles, which focus on environmental quality, health and wellbeing. The completed building has tangibly improved the quality of life for the people that live there.
The project won an RIBA West Midlands Regional Award in 2019 and was a winner of the Insider Residential Property Awards 2019, in the category Small Residential Development of The Year (fewer than 100 units). The scheme was also selected as a Regional Finalist in the Civic Trust Awards 2020.
Shropshire Housing Group (now Connexus)
Development Completed April 2018
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