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Felixstowe: Bold new design for clifftop retirement flats

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 February 2014

The proposed McCarthy and Stone development on the clifftops at the junction of Hamilton Gardens and Cambridge Road in Felixstowe.

The proposed McCarthy and Stone development on the clifftops at the junction of Hamilton Gardens and Cambridge Road in Felixstowe.

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Work is under way on a multi-million pound clifftop homes project that will have a “bold, imaginative and unashamedly contemporary design”.

Leading retirement house builder McCarthy & Stone is behind the scheme for 46 Later Living apartments.

Contractors have started work on the site at the corner of Cambridge Road and Hamilton Gardens, Felixstowe.

The first task was demolition of pink-painted Hamilton House on the Cambridge Road side of the site. The property had been offices for a variety of companies over the years.

The remainder of the land has been used as a 67-space car park for workers in nearby Cliff House, who will now have to park in neighbouring streets all day.

McCarthy & Stone – which is also contributing £200,000 towards the cost of building affordable homes elsewhere in the resort as part of the planning permission – aims to have the building in place by summer next year.

A company spokesman said: “We are delighted to be extending our property portfolio to the residents of Felixstowe.

“We have started demolition work on site, with construction due to start in the spring.

“We anticipate the building programme to last approximately 15 months.”

The eight and nine-storey high two-building linked complex will feature flats for people aged over 60, although McCarthy & Stone say the average age of those buying such properties is 78.

The Later Living proposals include a residents’ lounge, guest accommodation and other shared facilities.

Such developments are run by a fully-trained house manager.

Felixstowe Town Council accepted the principle of development but criticised the design, which it felt could affect the setting of two iconic and important Edwardian buildings, former hotels Harvest House and Cliff House, on either side of the new blocks.

However, planning case officer Liz Beighton said: “A bold, imaginative and unashamedly contemporary design is proposed for this new development, which is clearly intended to be of the very highest quality.”

5 comments

  • Bold imaginative? Utter squit. It's just a featureless box. Like pretty much everything else that's getting built around this country these days. Modern architecture CAN be attractive and imaginative, but it rarely is. And here's a prime example of a building which will make the local area LESS attractive rather than MORE.

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    beerlover

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • paul and beerlover are spot on. For 'bold and imaginative' read 'eyesore'

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    besidetheseaside

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • There is no quality in this design. It does not fit in with the (often glorious) Victorian and Edwardian houses in Felixstowe. Please, Felixstowe, do not fall into the trap which "developed" the centre of King's Lynn, Norfolk with concrete, brick and glass jerry built rubbish in the 1960s. I hear that, at last. King's Lynn Borough Council are knocking this ill-starred "development" down and trying to revert to the beautiful flint, brick and stone buildings which were unceremoniously torn down. However, the Cattle Market, a wonderful focal point for the town, has been lost for ever. Sic transit gloria mundi.

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    cwayconslt

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • I am a great fan of modern architecture but there is nothing bold or imaginary about this identikit design which can be seen in most towns across the UK. Next to the elegance of Cliff House and even more notably Harvest House on either side, it will look like exactly what it is - a high density development, made of cheap materials from a dull, unimaginative design used extensively elsewhere and imposed everywhere regardless of the nature of the surroundings to the development. The only motive here is profit maximisation regardless of style and environmental impact.

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    paul

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • The only Bold thing about this is the amount of money the Developer thinks he'll make out of an inept Council and its officials! 67 more cars in neighbouring streets seeking spaces should enlighten the locals. As for the building design, its as original as errrrrr....a block of flats!

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    Disbeliever

    Friday, February 28, 2014

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