Architects Carless + Adams received two planning approvals in one day. Designing with an exclusive focus on integrated retirement communities, supported living and care accommodation meant that Carless + Adams were exceptionally well placed to create these designs and represent clients with these schemes.

The first approval received was in South Hams, Devon as a variation in condition to a planning approval granted in 2018 for a 68-bedroom care home. The original planning approval was extended due to the Covid pandemic, and the design was also adapted to allow for considerations around isolation due to potential contagious illnesses amongst residents, provide access routes within the building and also for external suppliers to access the facility. The variation allowed the design to incorporate additional sedum roofs, a green wall and greater outside space for residents via larger balconies and ground floor terraces.

The second approval received was in Tunbridge Wells, Kent for a 69 apartment care facility with integrated health care facility to enable residents to age in place in place in a home from home environment. The client’s model of care will provide residents with a home that can adapt to their changing needs. The additional bedroom in apartments gives the opportunity for a carer to stay or “live in”, which will allow a high level of care to be provided to the resident if the need arises, and while it is not required a dedicated team of experts will be available to help lead an active and independent lifestyle. This format of care will mean that residents will not need to move into a care home, allowing them to truly age in place.

The on-site facilities allow residents ample choice of how they would like to live, with restaurant, hydrotherapy pool and gym being developed in addition to a community room which will form an integral part of the strategy for the provision of care for the elderly in the area. These amenities will be for the residents within the scheme, as well as providing these facilities for the residents of the existing care home on site.

Both designs will support the local elderly community and improve the quality of life and care for future residents going forward.

Melissa Magee Managing Director + Architect at Carless + Adams said “these approvals show recognition for the demand of care in the UK and ensuring that people have the opportunity to move into appropriate right sized home environments. We couldn’t be prouder to be part of driving this change.”