The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has approved RHP Housing Association’s plans for a retirement living development after a two year planning process.

RHP Somerville House 1

The Somerville House development will provide 24 one-bed units located in a 20,000 sq ft suburban site located in north Twickenham, London.

In 2015, the housing association began a project to redevelopment their sites, starting with Somerville House, in line with its bespoke living standard for independent living, based on the HAPPI model.

Architect Wimshurst Pelleriti followed the RHP Living Standard to create a series of timber clad three-storey blocks arranged around a traditional ‘village street’ on each level, with winter gardens and communal facilities. Every unit is fully wheelchair accessible and adaptable.

RHP Somerville House 2

RHP’s executive director of development Tim Willcocks said: “It’s fantastic to have received planning for the redevelopment of this landmark retirement living scheme. This will provide exceptional new homes that are so crucially needed. We’re also really proud to be leading the way in meeting the need for high quality independent retirement schemes that more appropriately match the aspirations of this growing market.”

It is the second major project that Wimshurst Pelleriti has teamed with RHP on having launched a modular micro living unit with support from Legal & General in the borough of Richmond last year.