18 - 02 - 2020

BPTW has received planning approval from Gravesham Borough Council for 7 new age-friendly homes in the historic town of Gravesend. The homes are spread across two neighbouring underutilised sites, set along Constable Road and will form part of the councils ongoing newbuild programme to deliver affordable later living homes for the area.

For the project BPTW developed a unique housing typology for 6 terraced houses and 1 detached house designed specifically for senior downsizers. An accessible ‘one bed plus’ design has been provided with adaptability for future needs, with the main living and sleeping space on the ground floor. The provision of an extra living space on the first floor, offers flexibility to accommodate visitors, future carers or use as an additional recreational area. All homes are wheelchair accessible and the remaining open space to the east of the row of terraces is to be improved with additional trees and easily accessible play and recreational space for the use of the existing and the new residents.

Situated to the southwest of Gravesend, the project pulls inspiration from the surrounding vernacular. Analysis of the rhythm, proportion and character of buildings in the immediate area revealed opportunities to design features that ensured the homes integrate with its surroundings, whilst giving a contemporary feel to an otherwise quite traditional form. Use of a simple material palette was a key principle of the design which, as well as active frontages, retained green spaces and continuity of the streetscape helped blend between the old and the new.

BPTW has been working closely with Gravesham Brough Council as part of a new build programme to design and deliver 100% affordable homes on a number of sites. To date planning permission has been granted for across a variety of complex infill and regeneration sites, with each design seeking to create a harmonious relationship with its surroundings, improving the local neighbourhood and incorporating aesthetic choices and material selection inspired by the Kent architectural vernacular. The proposals form part of a wider strategy to meet the needs of an ageing population in the area, addressing a lack of provision for downsizers.

Neill Campbell, Partner, Architecture at BPTW, said:

“The design process builds upon a strong in-depth understanding of the need for high quality affordable housing for senior downsizers. Constable Road marks the progress of our partnership with Gravesham Borough Council to develop new homes in response to their changing housing needs. We are pleased to secure this latest approval and look forward to continuing to work with the council to create great homes and communities.”