Heald Farm Court, St Helens

Project Type: Extra Care

Heald Farm Court provides 86 new 2 bed extra care apartments for the elderly together with 850m2 of communal facilities that, in addition to this development, will serve up to 166 properties in the surrounding area.

DK-Architects worked closely with Helena Partnerships, the care providers, MHA, St Helens MBC and local residents in developing the scheme, which was completed and handed over in November 2009. With a view to breaking down the perceived scale of the scheme the primary move in the design was to split the scheme’s accommodation into three discrete blocks of apartments arranged around a central community hub.

The apartment blocks are laid out to respond to the rhythm and scale of the surrounding terraced street patterns and act to positively reinforce the street line to the front of the site. The simple forms of the building borrow from the adjacent context on the outward facing aspects of the site picking up on and reinterpret the repetition of gables.

Aesthetically, the buildings benefit from a simple palette of materials, combining brick, bronzed copper cladding and glass balustrading.