£7.5million social care housing scheme officially opened in Newtown

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a job we were involved in right at the start coming through to completion and into use.

One such project has been the £7.5million Llys Glan-yr-Afon social care housing scheme in Newtown, Powys.

Last week it was officially opened, although it has been occupied and in use for nearly a year now.

We were building design architects for the development on a brownfield site, close to the town centre.

The development, which consists of 48 dwellings within a managed care facility, is run by Wales and West Housing and was part funded with a social housing grant. The association has worked in partnership with Powys County Council to bring it forward.

One of our objectives in its design was to ensure it integrated within the local area.

The close proximity to existing housing in one of the most densely populated areas of Newtown, as well as being close to the town centre, meant design was critical to securing planning permission.

We worked in collaboration with Newtown Civic Society on a design brief that informed the final design and planning application.

We had to design a development that created an ambient environment for residents, with communal space, while ensuring privacy at the same time.

The external design was drawn from the neighbouring properties which had formed part of Newtown’s once burgeoning textile industry.

The layout was carefully considered to complement the existing neighbouring building fabric and streetscape.

Other elements are set back from the road to mirror the more suburban and residential parts of the local community.

Key facts

  • £7.5million residential social care development
  • The largest social care sheltered housing scheme in the area for many years
  • Careful consideration on the impact to neighbouring streets and properties
  • Complement the existing architectural design history of the community and town
  • Create a balance between a communal environment and tenants privacy
  • Development Quality Requirements, RNIB and Secure by Design compliant

What we did:

  • Discussed the needs and requirements of the end users to ensure the design fitted the needs of the tenants
  • Provided outline designs for the developer Detailed discussions with the local community and planning officers
  • Produce final design and plans Submit planning application Secured planning permission