Old meets new at Box Architects’ latest collaboration with McCarthy Stone
We’re working on a 44-bedroom retirement living development in Maghull, near Liverpool.
The project will use modern methods of construction – part of a national commitment by McCarthy Stone. But while low-impact MMC will reduce energy bills, waste and construction times, the design will still respect traditional architecture in the area.
Situated in one of the older parts of the town, Poppy Grange will use red brick and pitched slate roofs to match the local vernacular. And despite being a mix of three and four storeys, it’s also been designed to reduce loss of amenity to surrounding properties through overlooking.
“Not all MMC buildings are the same, and this development is a good example of how the method is just as applicable in a traditional setting as in a modern one,” said Box CEO Graham Place.
McCarthy Stone’s commitment to create its next generation of retirement homes using eco-friendly modern methods of construction is predicted to cut development times by as much as 50% and fast-track the delivery of housing for older people.
“Embracing MMC can help us deliver high-quality retirement communities that push the boundaries of what consumers expect, while cutting energy bills, waste and construction times,” said McCarthy Stone CEO John Tonkiss.
The development in Maghull will offer 23 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom retirement apartments for the over 60s, for sale or for rent. The apartments offer private outside space: 11 have patios, while 23 will benefit from walk-out balconies – many with views of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
As well as choice of materials, blocks of varying heights will match the style of local buildings.
“Not all MMC buildings are the same, and this development is a good example of how the method is just as applicable in a traditional setting as in a modern one.”
Graham Place, CEO, Box Architects