The customer focused nature of Zebra Architects has led to a series of commissions for work on extra care schemes. These range from wheelchair accessible retirement apartments, to a shared residential scheme for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Special consideration is brought to extra care projects with adherence to lifetime homes and resilient material specifications.
Zebra Architects were appointed by Alliance Housing to undertake the detailed design for this new-build, affordable housing scheme on Payne’s Way, near Westbury Crescent in Weston-Super-Mare. Working alongside Speller Metcalfe, the former brownfield site has provided the local housing association with eight fully wheelchair accessible, timber framed flats and two bungalow units, designed and built primarily for people aged 50 and over with mobility issues.
The design incorporates a planted communal roof terrace, glazed Juliet balconies and a Cotswold stone façade to remain visually sympathetic to its local surroundings. Triple glazed windows and high specification walls and doors have also contributed to delivering a Passivent scheme, providing both natural ventilation and low-cost, energy efficient dwellings.
Working closely with Speller Metcalfe Construction for BPHA, Zebra produced a full set of co-ordinated working drawings for the construction phase of a 54 bed extra care facility in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.
Liaising closely with structural engineers, interior designers and other members of a comprehensive design team, Zebra were also central to ongoing discussions with Cherwell District Council following the initial approval, including condition clearance and minor amendments.
Lambs House in Congleton was formerly a Grade II boarding school, which had become derelict and was in need of a major refurbishment. Zebra Architects were enlisted by Adullam Homes Housing Association Ltd. to design a mixed use scheme for the protected building.
Zebra’s proposal formed the regional headquarters for Adullam Homes and provided thirteen en-suite residential rooms. As part of the works, six apartments for vulnerable young people were created within the historic former coach house.
Reclaimed bricks and refurbished joinery contributed to restoring the property to its original aesthetic. Skylight illuminated attic conversions and emergency systems were sympathetically added to maximise usable space and ensure the safety of the occupants.
Zebra were asked to help Adullam Homes convert two large houses that had previously been used for office accommodation, into 8 self contained apartments, as well as ground floor office accommodation for Adullam Housing.
Zebra Architects successfully gained a planning consent for the works, produced working drawings for the Main Contractor, and then oversaw the project on site.
Situated adjacent to Goodmayes Park, the Park Lodge site was purchased with the intention of constructing a residential care home. Zebra Architects were commissioned to undertake the working drawings on the 16 bedroom scheme and oversee the construction process.
The publicly exposed site, located at a key entrance to the park, required a high level of detailing to create a strong heritage aesthetic. The resultant lodge fits seamlessly into its surroundings, and provides an excellent residence for the elderly inhabitants.