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RCKa was approached in 2013 by PegasusLife to join their framework of architects to deliver an ambitious programme of high quality retirement living developments across the UK.
Working collaboratively with the client we have challenged many of the norms for this housing sector, developing designs centred on quality of life for residents rather than for care providers – places where people would live out of choice rather than need.
To this end we have developed highly flexible apartment designs which encourage residents to adopt and adapt to suit their needs and increase their sense of ownership.
Our first project is based on a gallery access arrangement where, through fire engineering, we can provide flexible, shared balcony spaces within the circulation zone. These double-height spaces interconnect across floors and into the landscaped courtyard below which provides further amenity space. Consequently all spaces within the development encourage social interaction and inter-dependance, fostering a sense of ownership, community and combating loneliness.
Landscaping is highly integrated into the scheme with planting extending up the gallery facade and by locating the lounge within the gardens. These include a cloister for events and activities and a traditional walled garden, which, provides a space for interaction with the wider community.
Planning permission has been granted and the scheme is due to start on site in early 2016.