Greta Gardens wins LABC award!

13 Jul 2016
Posted by Croft Goode

Greta Gardens wins LABC award!

The stunning Greta Gardens Extra Care scheme designed by Croft Goode Architects has won the Best High Volume New Housing Development award at the Northern LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016.

The £8.2m scheme is located in Keswick in the heart of the picturesque Lake District National Park, and provides 69 modern purpose built apartments with a mix of tenures that meet local demands. The facility, completed on behalf of Your Housing Group, also offers a café and communal facilities that benefit the local community.

Due to its location within the Lake District National Park, the Greta Gardens scheme involved detailed and extensive negotiations with planners, ecologists and the Environment Agency. Consultation with Your Housing and Cumbria County Council Adults and Social Care team was essential in order for the building to achieve the key design intentions.

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The building was carefully designed to complement the surrounding landscape, and by locating the communal terrace to the south of the development it makes the most of the fantastic views over Derwentwater, and maximises the available sunlight. The footprint of the project was configured to allow the inclusion of on-site secure car parking, but also external recreational space which includes raised planting beds, individual patio areas, a greenhouse, and allotment space.A contemporary design was achieved through modern detailing techniques, and where possible a sense of place was developed by utilising local materials including Westmorland cropped stone. The scheme is successfully operational, and includes an on-site care team and communal support facilities which are available for use by the wider community as well as residents.

With real living at the heart of the design, we created a space that allows for a restaurant, lounge, multi-purpose room, treatment room and hairdressers all easily accessible at ground floor level. The result is a careful balance that meets the needs of on-site residents along with the older residents of the wider community who are welcomed and encouraged to visit.

Feedback on the project has been very positive, and the scheme is already a hub for the local community.

Commenting on the project, Lorraine Donnelly, Development Director at Your Housing Group, said:

“Croft Goode have designed a wonderful building that takes into account the surrounding landscape. The building is light, accessible, and is a great addition to our growing portfolio.”

Robert Doran, Principal Building Control Surveyor at Allerdale Borough Council, commented:

“Allerdale Building Control have an excellent working relationship with Croft Goode architects,  the Greta Gardens Project in Keswick being a prime example of this. The design team involved building control at a very early stage in the process incorporating all our comments into the final design. This allowed a seamless transition to the construction phase on site which delivered this award winning building.”