The development consists of 29 retirement living flats which allow for independent living and one common room for the elderly at the site adjacent to the junction at Hillhouse Road and Wellhall Road, Hamilton.
The proposed built form uses a limited number of flat types which are grouped, rotated and stepped in various ways to produce an efficient building form that not only services the needs of the occupants but also addresses the various site constraints and no build zones.
The building form will step up from 3 to 4 storey at the Hillhouse Road/ Wellhall Road junction , acting as an urban marker at this busy and prominent location. The overall height of the building however will be minimised by the use of flat/ mono pitched roofs and will be in keeping with similar 3 and 4 storey developments in the surrounding area such as those located at the Wellhall Road/ Philips Wynd roundabout.
The stepped building form and plan also helps to break down the overall building mass and adds visual interest and character to the facades.
A simple palette of robust materials is proposed, consisting of a light buff facing brick and a medium brown feature brick. Warm/ medium grey pressed metal cladding will also be used in key areas to add visual interest and also as a feature metal frame around the large living room windows.
Generous window openings provided to all properties and each ground floor flat will have access to a private terrace area. Juliet balconies will be provided to living areas on the upper floors.