Tennyson Court & Elliot Court, Parmin Close, Taunton

Client: Live West Homes
Contractor: Rydon Construction
Architect: NOMA Architects
Employer’s Agent: Tremain Powell Partnership
Value: £9.6m

Development of for a 4-storey multi-residential building containing 66 No. extra care apartments, and a 3-storey building containing 12 No. supported housing apartments to cater for people with learning difficulties. The development includes communal facilities and office space for on-site administrative and care staff. The apartments are a mixture of 1-bed and 2-bed accommodation intended as sheltered housing either for sale on a shared ownership basis or for rent through the stakeholder organisations.

Communal heating and domestic hot water is provided to both buildings from the central plantroom within the larger building. A comprehensive building management system [BMS] has been designed to provide control, monitoring and metering of heating, domestic water and electricity across the site.

A strong emphasis has was placed on the use of assistive technology, and a desire to enable digital inclusion through installed systems. The latest IP based call systems, from Tunstall, have been employed across the site with additional provisions for future installation of home automation and wireless technologies in apartments designated for residents with special needs.