GHA has transformed two pairs of badly treated Grade II listed Georgian villas into an extra care home that aims to redefine retirement living and respond to the HAPPI report (Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation). The units are finished to a high specification and shared facilities include a hydrotherapy spa, lounge and restaurant.
In the 1970s, the houses, situated in a prominent location in historic Cheltenham, had been clumsily combined into one property as St George’s House. GHA has removed the insensitive additions and replaced them with a new element that allows the original villa forms to be read and acknowledges their neoclassical proportions. An ugly mansard has been removed and the villas’ garden setting and railings reinstated.
The new middle section is subservient to the scale and massing of the historic villas and is clad in Bath stone that responds to prominent buildings nearby such as Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
Housing Design Awards 2020: Good Neighbour Award