Pioneering contemporary towers for the older generation gets go-ahead

Brassington Avenue, a 240 unit development designed for the older generation in Sutton Coldfield has won planning. The scheme is designed to deliver a pioneering approach to retirement housing, conceived by specialist developer PegasusLife who provide beautiful properties in desirable locations for the discerning older generation.

The site at Brassington Avenue, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, will deliver five residential towers set around a central two-storey podium core. Each tower will be ‘rotated’ in response to views and infiltration of sunlight and the towers are thoughtfully distributed to allow plenty of space and light into the residencies. The scheme also features interlocking and dual aspect balconies and generous open spaces in a carefully landscaped environment.

The two-storey podium acts as a public frontage welcoming residents and visitors alike to the development and connecting the residences to the townscape. All the entrances to the new buildings will open directly onto Brassington Avenue, bringing life and animation to the street.

The Avenue Level on the lower ground floor of the podium will exhibit soft landscaping and gabion walls, whilst the Garden Level on the first floor will house generous open space for residents to enjoy and will act as a hub for communal facilities, including a spa, swimming pool, gym, relaxation rooms, restaurants and dining areas. The Garden Level offers an abundance of opportunities meet neighbours and develop a close-knit community.

Reconstituted stone will be used on the outside of the five towers, providing a warm tone to the façade, with ribbon windows framed with bronze-coloured aluminium giving way to larger openings that connect with the generous balconies. Inside, the apartments are amply proportioned with six metres of clear space between balconies, allowing for an abundance of daylight to enter the apartments. Each home can adapt to the residents’ changing needs and space requirements, such as moveable partition walls, a key aspect of all PegasusLife properties.

Led by Camlins Landscape Architects, the landscape is a fundamental part of the development. With mature landscaping to the western edge, an area of wetlands providing sustainable drainage and planted banks, most apartments will enjoy stunning garden views. Brassington Avenue will also be reinvigorated by the planting of big trees along the length of the street, creating a green corridor for local wildlife.

Brassington Avenue embodies a key principle; that everyone, irrespective of age, shares the aspiration to live in a beautiful designed, socially inclusive environment, supported by first class provisions and services. The proposed scheme has been developed by award-winning practice Glenn Howells Architects in collaboration with Camlins Landscape Architects and PegasusLife.