Applying the EDG in practice: Ageing Population

Pilgrim Gardens Case Study

Development name: Pilgrim Gardens

Location: Evington, Leicestershire

Architect: PRP Architects

Developer: Pilgrim Homes Trading

Accommodation type: 31 Apartments 1&2 bedroom (+ existing 30 Bed Care Home)

The Pilgrim Gardens scheme delivered by Pilgrim Homes Trading includes 31 apartments in addition to the existing 30 bed care home. The tenure mix includes 15 homes for sale, 16 for affordable rent. Providing independent living, affordable rent and shared ownership housing.

In addition to accommodation residents facilities include;

  • A warden on site, 5 days a week
  • Dining Room
  • A communal lounge, with facilities for light refreshments
  • Enclosed, landscaped gardens, with a covered patio and seating area
  • Activities, such as prayer and Bible study and special interest groups organised by occupants themselves
  • Mobility scooter store

The scheme provides residents with a 'home for life', enabling them to live independently with access to care and support. The 31 dual-aspect apartments, on the site of an existing care home, are accessed via sheltered colonnades at the ground floor and gallery access at first floor. The layout is logical and calm, wrapping around the courtyard with views onto the oriental inspired gardens and central lime tree.

As well as its own landscaped garden with its Japanese style outdoor seating area, Pilgrim Gardens is next to the 44 acre Evington Park, with its abundant trees and flower beds. As discussed in the EDG, the high quality landscape of the scheme can play a key part in improving the physical and mental health of older residents as well as the security and stability of dementia patients. 

Materials include; domestic clay tiles, brick and timber and bronze coloured metalwork and the windows were chosen to evoke the client’s ecclesiastical history. The apartments avoid north facing habitable rooms and have balconies with their own private winter gardens.

The active design principles as promoted by the EDG, represent an opportunity to positively impact the lives of residents and people with a range of health conditions, encouraging and enabling independent living by:

  • ensuring homes and communities are flexibly designed and can adapt to user needs;
  • providing options for self-care and self-support; and
  • supporting general health and wellbeing through the delivery of high-quality, considered design.

The Pilgrim Gardens scheme has won multiple awards including:

Winner - HAPPI Completed Award - Housing Design Awards 2014

Winner - Housing Project of the Year - Building Awards 2014

Winner - HAPPI Project Award - Housing Design Awards 2012

Page updated: 19/02/2019

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