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“Please don’t put me in a home...”

Cliff End

Client — Gervis Meyrick Estate
Area — 7,000sqm
Use — Assisted Living
Status — Planning Permission Granted

None of us likes the prospect of ageing - so we designed this scheme with one central thought in mind:

‘Would I want to live here when I’m older?’

This is a new-build 65-unit assisted-living scheme, designed to replace a derelict hotel within the East Cliff Conservation Area in Bournemouth. The site is a long, thin curved shape, like a fat banana. It’s also quite hilly (with a level change of almost 6 metres), which alongside the niceties required within a Conservation Area puts a lot of pressure on the budget.

We’ve been able to ease this cost pressure with a layout that is boxier and more regular than the elevation suggests, which means that the apartment types can be switched between 1 or 2 beds easily - providing adaptability for the operator.

We’ve also used our 3D printing expertise from the design of Ilona Rose House to create a cast façade that looks intricate and elegant while only requiring 4 basic moulds.

The existing building was in a very poor state - damaged by lightning and fire has recently been demolished


These are verified view montages (VVMs) requested by the planners for the planning application - so they’re not necessarily produced to show the building in its best light - but it can be amusing how often VVMs barely show the building at all.

Existing -  or ‘look at me I’m horrible, I’m horrible’

Proposed - or ‘look at me, I’m fine! I’m barely here at all!’

Inside the rooftop lounge ...not sure why she’s looking so sad - perhaps her friends are outside

...ah yes - there they are.

...something for the architects amongst you - a bit of 3D printing and casting - persuading ourselves how cheaply and beautifully we could make the elevations.

And a typical floor plan for good measure. You learn unexpected things when designing for older people - for example the corridors have to be wide enough to allow two wheelchairs to pass. And the lift has to be able to accommodate a flat single bed ....for when someone is ‘just sleeping’.

Come and see us:

17 — 19 Leicester Square
London, UK

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Or call or e–mail:

+44 (0)203 490 1243

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