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Chapter House wins 'Best Community Living' award at The Sunday Times British Homes Awards

Chapter House wins Best Community Living award at The Sunday Times British Homes Awards

Set within Lichfield’s central conservation area – the scheme has been specifically designed around the needs of people as they age, allowing them to live independently for longer within the wider community.

The Sunday Times British Homes Awards recognise every aspect of housebuilding — from one-off houses to major developments, interiors to landscaping. The Best Community Living award acknowledges exemplary new developments that integrate resident amenities and create a strong identity. 

Chapter House incorporates a number of internal and external facilities which encourage neighbourly interaction between new residents and locals, helping to nurture a sense of community, security and belonging. A new publicly accessible route links a pocket park at the front of the building via a new cloistered walkway, to Monk’s Walk - an existing and cherished public garden at the rear of the site, thus knitting the development into the townscape and connecting residents with the existing community.

A large residents lounge, honesty bar and relaxed kitchen area is located at ground level. this space has a dual aspect towards the pocket park and the more tranquil communal courtyard at the heart of the development. Covered communal south facing balconies are located at first and second floors in a staggered arrangement to avoid overshadowing. This enables less mobile residents to converse and interact with neighbours on all floors without the need to venture far from their individual apartments.

The scheme has proved very popular with residents..."Our euphoria has been enhanced by the character of the building itself...although this is a modern high spec building it is also reminiscent of a building that has grown organically over time...and one which enhances and enriches the lives of its residents." George Arblaster, resident of Chapter House.