Proctor and Matthews architects has completed the first phase of the PegasusLife development in the market town of Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
Available exclusively to over-60s, ‘Steepleton’ lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is the practice’s third collaboration with the client. The intention for the site was to deliver a contemporary design, offering owners the quintessential village experience alongside modern facilities. Uniquely tailored to the modern and active retiree, their personal wellbeing is central to the design and encourages opportunities for owners to feel part of a community.
Informed by local historic Cotswold farmsteads and almshouses, the development contains 113 homes over a site of two hectares. This first phase has six of nine buildings completed, clustered at a comfortable domestic scale around a series of open interlocking courtyards. This courtyard model seeks to provide residents with a sense of identity and security, and encourage the establishment of community groupings within the wider framework of the development.
Andrew Matthews, Founding Director of Proctor & Matthews comments: “Neighbourly interaction was a key design objective: not only to provide owners with the comfort and reassurance of being part of a secure and supportive community, but also to avoid loneliness. The pursuit of neighbourliness is perhaps best exemplified by the ‘Village Hall’ containing a restaurant and lounge at the heart of the development, the spa and treatments rooms and the street front café.”
The self-contained one, two and three bed apartments are arranged within two-storey clusters comprising living space, private kitchens and bathrooms. Sliding walls within each apartment offer greater spatial flexibility to adapt as owners’ needs may change.