The recently completed development of 58 single and two bedroom apartments represented a significant challenge on an extremely sensitive site in the iconic and picturesque conservation area of Port Sunlight garden village. The village is historically important being conceived by William Lever to house his workforce and was substantially built between 1889 and 1914.
The scheme provides affordable supported independent living accommodation for the over 55 age group, and was commissioned by Sanctuary Housing and delivered by Seddon Construction, all within a timescale of less than 24 months from inception.
The design necessitated close collaboration with Wirral council planning authority and English Heritage and adopts the vernacular architectural character, language and materials of Port Sunlight. The scheme was developed on a restricted brownfield site within tight financial constraints as well as elevational/ height restraints imposed by the domestic scale of the village setting. It is the largest residential block on the village, where nearly every building is listed, and its mass is substantially disguised through embracing the architecture, theatre and spirit of the village.
The building was designed to Code Level 3 and intrinsic to this was Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design and various environmental sustainability measures.
Winner of LABC North West Awards 2016 “Best Social and Affordable New Housing Development”