HRH The Prince of Wales is patron of the Almshouse Association, a national charity representing 1,700 independent almshouse providers throughout the UK and offering homes for 35,000 people.
The award was presented to Andrew Clague by HRH, the Duke of Gloucester in recognition of the firm’s work on four single storey almshouses for The Sir Roger Manwood Trust.
Andrew Clague of Clague Architects said: “Over recent years we have developed a specialism in the design of almshouses and worked for many providers, alongside our clients in the world of small-scale house builders and providers of social housing.
“Having our architectural work recognised by Prince Charles, who we all know takes a keen interest in design and the built environment, is a massive vote of confidence, and reflects our longstanding work with many almshouse providers, often working in sensitive conservation areas.”
The firm’s early awards were received for its designs for almshouse projects in Maidstone and Harrietsham for the Cutbush & Corrall Charity.
Clague designed the Manwood Orchard Almshouses in St Stephen’s Green, located in a conservation area in Canterbury. The new homes and courtyard garden face the back of six almshouses built in 1570 by benefactor Sir Roger Manwood.
The Sir Roger Manwood Trust previously provided eight Grade II listed almshouses for the elderly in historic buildings, two miles from Canterbury Cathedral.
Clague, in conjunction with the trust, Canterbury City Council and Historic England, came forward with a design in a style sympathetic with the existing Tudor buildings, and planned to foster a community spirit amongst all residents.
The Patron’s Award was in recognition of Clague’s design, with new almshouses referring to detailing on the existing two storey almshouses, using the parapet walls to project the end gable wall upwards above the roof.
The new almshouses cater for the able bodied and those with mobility problems thanks to fully fitted kitchens and wet rooms, plus external recharging spaces for mobility scooters and ramped level access around the building.
Air source heat pumps where incorporated as part of the buildings sustainability strategy, which along with high levels of thermal insulation, keep heating costs to a minimum.
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