North Hertfordshire Homes
St. Andrews House was a sheltered housing facility from the 1980s comprising 32 bedsits. In April 2011, the local authority declared the building as “not fit for purpose” and a decision was taken to close it, leaving the site available for redevelopment by the local housing association.
The redevelopment was a joint project in which both architectural and town planning services were provided. The brief was for the provision of a mix of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses.
A number of design principles were followed to create a high standard of design, to respect the existing environment and to create a sustainable development, whilst maximising the development potential of the site. A neo-Victorian style was adopted, and the application was successfully negotiated through the Planning process that involved consultation with the Conservation Officer as well as the general public.