Design

Guild Living at Uxbridge

Later living development in Uxbridge town centre

Client Guild Living
Where Harefield Road, Uxbridge, UK
Value £55m
Solution Integration of specialist elderly accommodation into a town centre location

Highlights

  • The design creates a ‘destination’ with distinctive architecture and generous landscape areas, creating legibility and familiarity for both the public and residents, whilst establishing a permeable pedestrian link towards Uxbridge town centre. 
  • The entrance is of primary importance to draw the general public to the plaza and to the communal gardens. As such it is conceived as a boulevard with trees on both sides of the road which frame the historical Magistrates’ Court building. 

Project objective 

Address a pressing need for specialist accommodation for older people in the area. Support the creation of a mixed and balanced community that addresses intergenerational needs and aspirations.

Client challenge 

The challenge was to provide a new care community (Use Class C2) arranged in only two buildings comprising a total of 194 units. The uses of the building are varied and require a complex stacking arrangement and careful consideration of the functional relationships of the building. The building design and composition also needed to sit confidently as a new piece of townscape and be open and inviting to members of the public, creating a destination on the site. 

Life3A solution 

The proposed scheme will deliver a variety of later living accommodation options, with levels of care tailored to the individual, complemented by a suite of public facilities including a nursery, a cafe and bar, a restaurant, a wellness centre, and an accessible public plaza.

The scheme is designed to be accessible from to the nearby High Street. The proposed development makes effective use of land and contributes to employment opportunities whilst delivering much specialist extra-care housing for older persons.

Exceptional outcome 

Deliver an exemplar scheme in terms of architectural design, including the standard of facilities, sustainability criteria, landscaping and in the provision of support and care. Above all, the creation of a safe, welcoming and homely environment for the Guild Members to enjoy.

More information: Stewart Dean

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Stewart Dean

Principal, Architect

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