Planning approval for Audley Sunningdale

Gaunt Francis Architects are delighted to have received planning permission for an Audley care community of 103 units in Sunningdale Park.

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Gaunt Francis Architects were commissioned by Audley Retirement to prepare designs for a new care community to supplement Audley’s growing portfolio. Set within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, the site lies within the Greenbelt and contains a Grade II listed mansion (Northcote House) within a Grade II Registered Park and Garden.

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Our proposals build upon the site’s heritage by removing the modern late 20th century buildings located along the western boundary and replacing them with buildings whose architectural style complements the historic buildings that define Sunningdale Park’s heritage. The key heritage assets that contribute positively to the character of Sunningdale Park will be retained and converted. These include Northcote House, Gloucester Stables, and North Lodge.

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The Grade II Northcote House, dating from 1785, became a chic party venue in the 1930’s and was the site of the historic Sunningdale Agreement of 1973. It houses Audley’s boutique restaurants, communal facilities and Health and Well-being Spa. The historic Gloucester Stables courtyard and Lodge will be converted into apartments and cottages. New build Woodland Courtyards will be nestled amongst the parkland trees. These buildings are designed in a contemporary vernacular style using brickwork, large glazed gables and balconies, all of which act as a foil to the neo-classicism of Northcote House.

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