In 2001 Servite identified a need to modernise their sheltered housing scheme at Joan Bartlett House 1. This was the first project carried out with Servite; designed in 1973 and completed in 1975. Accommodation and specification no longer met current requirements. A feasibility study was undertaken to establish whether the building could be adapted to provide fewer, larger units within the existing fabric. Several proposals were brought forward, but it became apparent that a new build option would be more viable.
A sustainable design philosophy was adopted for the project. Building on previous experience of innovative green initiatives we were encouraged to investigate a number of options.
High priority was given to passive solar design, high insulation values, low maintenance materials and modern methods of construction. The development opens around a central landscaped space with large windows and living spaces arranged to face south and west. Ancillary spaces are located to the north and east with smaller windows to control heat loss. Materials considered included second-hand slate, untreated larch cladding and eaves, oak windows, doors and kitchens, rendered Heraklith boarding, local bricks, galvanised rainwater goods, Tradis timber frame and formaldehyde-free flooring.
A high cost was anticipated due to the innovative construction methods proposed. A value engineering exercise was entered into during which costs and benefits of various elements were considered. The resulting scheme maintains a high proportion of the originally specified elements and was completed within the Client’s budget