The Ashton Court project entailed the refurbishment and conversion of an existing 1970s sheltered housing scheme to improve accessibility and facilities, enabling a better quality of living for elderly residents.

The scheme remodels the interior to provide 24 larger more accessible apartments as well as introducing balconies for residents.

Communal facilities were also rebuilt and upgraded with two dedicated mobility cart stores and a large communal lounge with bi-fold doors opening onto a private landscaped garden, creating a modern community facility for residents to enjoy.

To fund the upgrade and remodelling, five new high-end private residential mews houses will be developed on the site for market sale, and these include habitable basements.

The Ashton Court site is in a prominent location in Camden and falls within a conservation area. The private sale homes respond to the context in a contemporary way and have been designed to maximise natural light on a tight site, taking a ‘fabric first approach’ to sustainability.

calfordseaden achieved difficult planning permission for the development of mews housing, incorporating zinc cladding to a mansard roof, innovative louvered privacy screens at street level, and novel window/door systems allowing full height opening sidelights.