June 22, 2024

£2m Interior Architecture Refurbishment For Birmingham Retirement Village


A popular retirement village in the New Oscott suburb of Birmingham is set for a multi-million-pound interior architecture refurbishment as architectural practice, rg+p is appointed to upgrade its communal and amenity areas.


The New Oscott Retirement Village, on Fosseway Drive, comprises 260 apartments for the over 55s and is part of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s portfolio. Built in 2012 and now in need of modernisation, ExtraCare sought an interior architecture partner through its Architectural Services Framework. rg+p, which has a strong track record in the later living sector having successfully delivered high-profile, award-winning schemes in Fulham, Kensington and Solihull, was selected and is now underway taking the scheme through to stage 4.


rg+p’s interior architecture team leader, Enrico Mancini said: “Our approach was to incorporate and enhance the idea of ‘bringing the outside in’ with a focus on more domesticity and calmness, for instance adding a mix of natural elements and tactile ‘living room’ cues such as armchairs and floor lamps to the corridors and communal areas.


“Using these same principles, we also wanted to redefine the central roof light in the entrance way, making this a real focal point for visitors and residents. This had previously been used as a ‘band stand’ style platform but our proposal seeks to remove this and add a real tree and new reception desk in its place. Not only will this simplify the wayfinding throughout the entire building, but the tree will also offer shade, mitigate sound reverberation and enhance staff and resident wellbeing.


“Further elements of nature are proposed in the form of plants, living walls and enhanced natural light while sustainable, warm fabrics and materials like timber will contribute towards a sense of homeliness and tranquillity,” concluded Enrico.


Some 300 residents call New Oscott Village home, with its shared spaces including café bar, restaurant, gym, salon, craft room, guest suite and library acting as a real hub for the community.


Hardev Thandy, head of growth and construction, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust said: “Our residents lead active, independent lives and it’s important that the communal spaces in our villages both enable and enhance this. This interior refurbishment at New Oscott Village represents a substantial investment and is aimed to positively influence wellbeing and inclusivity. rg+p’s designs have illustrated how we can unlock significant potential across these key spaces and re-purpose with a contemporary and impactful interior.”


With design drawings now being finalised, it is anticipated work will be made available for tender in the new year with completion expected in 2024.

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