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SeeAbility Supported Apartments, Honiton

We were instructed to design a new supported apartments scheme for visually impaired adults by SeeAbility (The Royal School for the Blind, based in Epsom, Surrey).
The site chosen was an orchard and a derelict house, which was to be demolished. There were a number of site constraints, such as noise from the railway line running along the southern boundary and the main trunk road running along the western boundary, as well as access difficulties from the main trunk road. The proposal carefully resolved these constraints whilst nurturing the design of a building, which gives independent access to each of the flats when required, whilst providing a secure perimeter for the more vulnerable adults. The design essentially revolves around two terraces of apartments with communal facilities sandwiched between. The communal lounge has an innovative south facing glazed Solar Wall, which creates a current of air to drive a passive ventilation system, which has a sophisticated computer control system designed by the environmental consultants, Faber Maunsell.
Construction is a mixture of timber frame and heavier blockwork to maintain an element of thermal mass.