Lewis & Hickey were appointed by McCarthy & Stone to replace a rundown five-storey office building with industrial bunker, with a two-building retirement living complex. The development includes 57 assisted living and 24 retirement living apartments, as well as communal facilities, and basement car parking underneath a landscaped podium.
Situated to the south of Hertford town centre and castle, and within the designated conservation area, the proposal aims to enhance the urban grain by forming a transition between the larger scale buildings to the south, and the densely packed 2-4 storey small footprint buildings to the north.
Due to the considerable 3.5m change in levels across the site, a contiguous piling wall has been utilised, with the superstructure comprising of concrete frame and SFS walling systems.
The scheme is designed to be fully compliant with lifetime homes criteria, NHBC requirements, and incorporates several sustainable features including full blue roof attenuation systems.
The proposed development will benefit from good links to the existing local facilities as well as access to public transport, and will feature good site accessibility across the site both internally and externally.
Planning was granted in October, and construction started on site shortly after.