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      Expansion and modernisation of an existing care facility in Earls Colne

      Kingsley Healthcare - Colne House

      Earls Colne

      Local Planning Authority
      Braintree District Council

      Condy Lofthouse Architects

      Our client sought to more than double the size of its existing care facility in response to identified local need and to secure its long-term future in the community.

      The original facility occupied a Grade II listed building in a Conservation Area, so it was necessary to take an innovative design approach in response to heritage constraints. Our client’s objective was to ensure sustainability of the existing care home that required the development of a modern, purpose-built facility and an upgrade to the existing care home to modern care standards. This increased the number of beds from 28 to 59, accommodated through a new ‘wing’ extension and camouflaged against its landscape backdrop by a green wall.

      The green wall is the stand-out feature of the scheme’s design, equipped with an automatic irrigation function that ensures plants receive the correct quantity of water and nutrition. The new wing is linked to the existing building by a ha-ha style semi-underground link, ensuring connectivity whilst maintaining a degree of visual separation for heritage, amenity, and landscape reasons.

      Our involvement in the scheme ensured that the local need for specialist care provision would be met, the long-term future of the valued heritage asset secured, retention and creation of jobs in the local community, the health and wellbeing of existing and future residents of the care home, and that Kingsley Healthcare continues to operate a commercially successful care facility in this location.

      The client’s approach to community and member engagement left no stone unturned and was praised by the planning committee.

      The scheme received a glowing assessment by the planning committee and unanimous grant of planning permission and listed building consent without the need to adjust expectations on scheme size, and without the need to navigate the risky, costly, and time-consuming appeal process.

      Bidwells’ clear strategic advice, local knowledge and diligent approach meant that key planning issues were identified early and proactively actioned with technical proficiency. I would happily work with them again.
      Muj Malik, Kingsley Healthcare
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