We were appointed by McCarthy & Stone to develop landscape proposals for an assisted living development of 50 units and a separate building accommodating a Children’s Day nursery.
The site lies within the Stony Stratford Conservation Area, and is occupied by an existing 1970’s social housing development, which is now disused and is to be demolished.
The design seeks to retain the wooded character of the site by retaining the majority of the existing trees, which are an important asset to the site. An informal path will loop around the development, enhanced with tree planting, wildflowers, and woodland understorey planting. This character will be contrasted in the central courtyard where there will be a communal sunny garden space.
A series of bioretention areas in the courtyard take run off from the building, and are linked to a planted swale that wraps around the eastern side of the building.
The arrival experience is key to the success of the scheme. A shared surface access road encircles the existing hornbeam tree and connects with the entrance plaza all at one level.
The site also provides opportunities for food growing and out door dining. Small private patio spaces are also provided offering an appropriate mix of private and communal space.
Planning has been granted and work is due to start on site in 2017.