Plans for 'Later Living' Village
11 May 2018
We’ve submitted a proposal for the conversion of Ted Cullinan’s Grade II* listed Cemex House into homes for the over 60’s. Plans include the restoration of the existing 18th, 19th and 20th century buildings and the addition of a new building which will together provide 81 apartments and a variety of recreational facilities within a new ‘later living’ village.
The existing listed buildings will be sensitively converted into 1 and 2-bedroom apartments and the recreational facilities from Cullinan’s original scheme will be restored to create a community heart. The front of house area is to be reinstated and the swimming pool and spa, squash courts, restaurants and dining areas are to be refurbished. Additional facilities will include a residents’ lounge and library, staff accommodation, guest suites and two winter gardens.
Landscaping will enhance the parkland setting and further outdoor recreational areas such as kitchen garden allotments, a boating lake and clubhouse will enrich the campus community. New pathways will give residents access to the entire site and improved planting will significantly enhance the existing ecology and biodiversity. It is intended that a selection of the communal areas could be opened up for use by non-residents in order to increase the variety and vibrancy of the development.
The new build is conceived as a 21st century complementary addition to the current campus, carefully integrated with the landscape to reduce the visual impact on the green belt. The 25 apartments are arranged in three clusters with front doors opening out onto one of three public mews courtyards. Green roofs house further communal spaces while picture garden courtyards to the south of the properties offer views to the landscaped grounds.
Cullinan Studio are in full support of the scheme. Senior Partner, Robin Nicholson stated: ‘It’s wonderful that our Grade II* listed RMC HQ is going to be restored (the pool, the roof gardens and the general fabric) and put to excellent use as retirement living – a good solution in capable hands.’
Subject to planning, the scheme is expected to start on site in November 2018.