Girton Town Charity

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Proposed High Street development

20 Mar 2018

Detailed architect drawings and plans for Girton Town Charity’s proposed new building on the High Street were viewed by more than 50 village residents at Girton Glebe School on 15th March.

Detailed architect drawings and plans for Girton Town Charity’s proposed new building on the High Street were viewed by more than 50 village residents at Girton Glebe School on 15th March.

With representatives from Mole Architects and Project Managers Northmores present, displays showed proposed plans for the building which is intended to provide 16 apartments for over-55s with connections to Girton.

Future needs

Those attending were able to see that each apartment has been designed to meet the future needs of the elderly to allow for extended independent living.  All rooms are large enough for easy wheelchair access and some bathrooms are equipped as wet rooms.

The proposal is for a two storey terrace, perpendicular to the High Street with a low pitch gable end facing the street to minimise its impact on neighbouring buildings, together with a single story office for GTC.

The design is inspired by the 1930's housing along Woodlands Park with repeated bay windows set in a white facade.

Interior layout

Apartments are accessed from a corridor, each with front door and area for mobility scooter storage, and comprise a master bedroom and small second bedroom/study, open plan south-facing living/kitchen/dining area and on the south side, an unheated, glazed balcony with access to the terrace and gardens on the ground floor.

A total of 18 parking spaces are currently proposed, one for each apartment and two for the GTC office.

Outdoor space

The gardens are designed to be the centre of this community with small individual areas for ground floor flats and communal spaces. Neighbouring gardens will be screened with hedging and trees.

The new building will replace six bungalows in Michael's Close, in addition to the bungalow used as the current GTC office, which were all built in the 1930s and 1960s and no longer provide adequate accommodation, in terms of comfort, energy-efficiency and modern facilities.

Mole Architects were appointed last May, after winning the Architectural Competition organised by Project Managers Northmores. This award-winning practice, which has recently been shortlisted for a further accolade – an Architect of the Year Award 2018 – specialises in producing modern designs that are appropriate to their local context, combining traditional materials and techniques with environmental strategies and a more contemporary attitude to design and building.

Futureproof housing

Dr Robin Hiley, Chairman of GTC said: “We were pleased to see so many village residents come along to see the proposed plans for the High Street. We have already held private meetings with our current residents, our neighbours and their comments and concerns have been noted, together with other suggestions made on the evening itself.

“This new development will help to fulfill GTC’s primary objective which is to relieve the needs of individuals living in the village by providing almshouses and by doing so, futureproof the provision of housing where currently demand exceeds supply.

“Of greatest importance to us is to ensure that our residents have dignity, freedom and independence to live their lives as they see fit within a safe and secure environment. We believe this new building will achieve this.”  

 

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