Castlewellan, County Down.
This social housing development for Apex Housing Association is located on a 1.36-hectare site, minutes from the centre of Castlewellan. The site is composed of 34 two, three and five bedroom homes housing a total of 152 residents. The storey and a half timber-framed dwellings reflect the scale and massing of the adjoining developments and the steeply contoured site allows all dwellings to avail of and enjoy panoramic views of the Mourne Mountains and the seaside views towards Newcastle, where the Mournes meet the sea. The scheme is notable in that the Architects have designed a 130m2 Complex Needs Prototype Unit for Apex. This house type future-proofs the home for residents, with a lift shaft, enhanced circulation space, first floor level hoist route and kitchen design detailed for elderly and disabled usage. Finished in render, these asymmetrically elevated dwellings’ architectural highlight is their boxed-out standing seam aluminium cladded dormer windows.