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Parkside Chesterfield, Chesterfield

Project Description: Parkside Chesterfield is a sheltered accommodation scheme constructed on behalf of Chesterfield Borough Council. The project was won by Franklin Ellis through a limited feasibility competition. Franklin Ellis put together the design team and acted as Lead Consultant for the duration of the project.

The development provides 22 no. two bedroom apartments for council rent, together with communal lounge and assisted bathrooms. The development replaces a previous sheltered accommodation building on the site.

From the start, the council’s ambition was to provide accommodation to open market standards. The apartments are located on three sides of a courtyard, enclosing a generous communal garden. Some apartments form a frontage to Stand Road, others look out over the bowling green or the private courtyard and recreation ground beyond. A number of the apartments benefit from dual aspect and all apartments have a balcony or bay window.

The apartment layouts have been designed using the ‘Wheelchair Housing Design Guide’ and provide generous spaces to accommodate the needs of the end users. The communal living space is positioned prominently adjacent to the entrance and provides excellent views and access into the garden area. Corridors are designed to be light and to maximise views over the gardens. Various pause points are included, where people can meet on a casual basis.

The generous communal garden faces due south onto the neighbouring sports field. The garden features both hard and soft landscaping elements, running water and a greenhouse. Raised beds not only allow resident participation, but also create smaller pockets of spaces and provide seating.

Location: Chesterfield
Client: Chesterfield Borough Council
Completed: 2016
Cost: £2.8M