Nick Baker Architects were commissioned by Amber Solutions for Care to conduct a review of a planning approved scheme, consisting of 12 key worker apartments and 33 assisted living units, with a view to improve the residential units and their setting. The development, located next to a new hospital and care home, form part of a Health and social well-being campus.
The introduction of quality hard and soft landscaping, both to private gardens and communal amenity and circulation areas, was key to fulfilling out clients aspirations for the scheme and improving the setting of the development to maximize value. At the heart of the scheme a large terraced courtyard is created, utilizing the natural slope of the site to create secured undercroft car parking below.
The market units are situated in three Grade II listed and curtilage listed historic buildings, first constructed in 1790, and a new build block.
The layout and interior design of each townhouse within the historic buildings is bespoke, developed to enhance the historic features, proportions and setting of the buildings, whilst providing contemporary, open plan, living areas.
The new build element of the development, provides a contemporary counterpoint to it's neighbours, with large floor to ceiling openings. The proportions, grammar and materiality, however, borrow heavily from the surrounding historic buildings. Large terraces to the penthouse floors provide unrivaled views over the Thames valley below.