Contemporary, affordable accommodation for older people
Derbyshire County Council was undertaking a major new development under its Extra Care Scheme. The aim was to provide new housing for older people at three locations across the county, comprising a total of 197 apartments:
- 55 two-bedroom extra care apartments and communal facilities with parking and gardens in Chesterfield.
- 52 apartments and communal facilities in Alfreton.
- 90 apartments together with communal facilities and a Day Care centre in Clay Cross, to complement the local District Council’s regeneration plans.
As part of our M&E design, we produced an energy model of the building in Chesterfield, using IES software and assessor role to then achieve CfSH Level 3 targets for all three sites. We also drew on our extensive experience of BIM to incorporate the CHP initiative into Revit MEP.
These three schemes are making a huge difference to the provision of state-of-the-art and affordable housing for older people in Derbyshire. Together, the 197 new apartments and other facilities are providing highly specialised, quality living spaces with on-site care available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Secure and private, the accommodation is helping residents overcome the social barriers which can lead to isolation for older people. The apartments are also helping to keep people together and bring new jobs and amenities to Chesterfield, Alfreton and Clay Cross.
The three schemes were carefully and sensitively designed to be contemporary, stylish and affordable, and the M&E services had to deliver high standards of sustainability to CfSH Level 3. Integrating CHP into the primary heating and domestic hot water circuitry was a key challenge, along with the spatial co-ordination of the building and structure.