Refreshing design wins over local planners

Box Architects are partnering McCarthy Stone to create a new retirement community on the site of the old Buxton Water factory.

Work is starting on the development of 33 one-bedroom and 37 two-bedroom properties, which will be created using eco-friendly, modern methods of construction.

The LGSF (Light Gauge Steel Framing) offsite structural system could cut development times by as much as 50% and fast-track housing for older people in the Derbyshire spa town. However, MMC will not compromise the design, which echoes the traditional style of local architecture and was approved only after consultation with local planners.

The site near the railway station in the town centre will be shared with a new hospital for the area.

Commenting on the design, Ian Wilkins, managing director (North) at McCarthy Stone, said: “We are delighted that High Peak Borough Council approved our application. We worked closely with officers to deliver a high-quality scheme that sits comfortably with the historic setting of this prime location.”

Box Architects have previously partnered McCarthy Stone on developments in Morpeth, South Shields, Ripon, Darlington, Holcombe Brook, Guisborough and Hexham.