In 2013 PDP Architecture LLP assisted Winchester City Council in getting a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency to build an Extra Care sheltered housing scheme on the surface car park site at Chesil Street in central Winchester.
In conjunction with Winchester based architect’s Design Engine, PDP Architecture conducted a thorough consultation process with local residents and interested parties prior to submitting a planning application in October 2014. The application was granted approval in February 2015.
The scheme has 52 self-contained apartments (30 1-bed and 22 2-bed) on the upper floors with communal lounge, cafeteria and other ancillary facilities for residents on the ground floor. There is also a Day Care dementia respite facility for Hampshire County Council within the scheme.
The development forms a prestigious gateway development into the city centre, providing a contemporary styled home for local older residents of Winchester. Predominantly using traditional Winchester red brick, the elevations use large fenestration and recessed integrated balconies to give high levels of natural light and ventilation to the occupiers, which informs the architectural style. The topography of the site means the southern end of the building is in the ground, which is utilised as an underground car park. The building is set back from Chesil Street to form an urban landscaped garden area to the front of the building, retaining the green open feel that the existing car park provides in breaking from the urban build-up.