East Thames Housing Association identified a real need for the development of new ‘Supported Living Accommodation’ for parents of children and young adults with specific needs. The site at Everitt Road in Saffron Walden in Essex was deemed to be the most suitable for such a development.
Due to the unique shape of the site, East Thames wished to develop an aesthetically pleasing building which would, itself, lend aid in creating a harmonious environment for all residents. Therefore the building was designed in a fan shape rather than a traditional two storey terraced building.
The front of the building was required to be a focal point and as such was designed in the shape of a rotunda. The aesthetically pleasing design meant that many traditional forms of foundations actually became very expensive and difficult to utilise due to the curved shapes required.