An uplifting and inclusive environment for independent living
West Midlands RIBA Regional Award 2019
K4 Architects for Connexus
Contract value: £2.7m
Cost per m²: £1,501
Delivered by a regional housing association, Beech Gardens is a sheltered accommodation scheme providing 26 well proportioned, light-filled dual aspect apartments for older people. It has been designed to Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation principles with the aim of providing tenants with a sociable and inspiring home. A simple pitched roof block is elevated to the south by winter gardens, which provide a social heart to the scheme, and to the north by a covered access deck. The materials and simple detailing help make the project an exemplar of how architecture can provide an uplifting and inclusive environment for independent living.