The Cutbush & Corrall Charity, who are the largest almshouse charity within the South-East continue to evolve their accommodation, recognising over a number of years that the 2-storey 2-bedroom dwellings at College Road are becoming unsuitable for their residents, and the needs of those within their extensive waiting list. The dwellings were considered to be too large, expensive to maintain and heat, and provided accessibility issues for those who resided within them. The dwellings which form a handsome quadrant and are Grade 2 listed, required sensitive adaptation to maintain the key factors of their listing, whilst providing the accommodation necessary to keep the dwellings in viable use.
Working with the Planning and Conservation Officers of Maidstone Borough Council a scheme was developed which has no impact upon the external appearance of the dwellings and limited impact on the internal fabric, which was considered suitably offset by the essential need to adapt the dwellings to ensure a renewed viable use was achieved. Clague’s dedicated historic building team prepared a detailed Statement of Significance and collaboration with Clague designers developed the scheme working within and around the key historic features.
Clague are currently undertaking the detailed design for the works, with a view to the project commencing on site early in 2022.
Posted on | by Pat Mills