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The development is in the Surrey village of Alfold, on a semi-rural site that borders a conservation area and is bounded by protected ancient woodland, which has a small stream running through it. It is proven that people with autism can greatly benefit from links to nature and the masterplan has been purposefully designed to maximise this outstanding setting with the 10 farmstead-like homes anchored in the heart of the site by a rich horticulture and sensory garden framework.
The new homes are built from PEFC certified Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) by Stora Enso and are presented in three typologies of five individual cottages as well as one two-person and a three-person shared cottage. Spread across the wider site is an activity centre with sensory and therapy provision, an activity room, and staff areas with bedrooms to allow for the provision of overnight care.
"We worked hard to reduce the visual “noise” and create a domestic feel, with careful consideration to the lighting and views to the wider landscape. The exposed visual CLT walls, large windows, high ceilings and restrained palate of natural materials all contribute to the quality of light and feeling of space. It is this sense of calm and wellbeing that helps create a homely environment that is ideal for people with neurodiverse conditions." - Haverstock Architects