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Ewart House and Abigail House

(as JCMT Architects)
location: Richards Close, Harrow, HA1 2PS
client: Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA) and Octavia Housing
value: £11 million
service: RIBA Stages A-L
plus CfSH Assessment (PPC2000)
An award –winning Extra Care Housing scheme in a residential area close to Harrow Town Centre. The development provides a total of 76 new homes, comprising 47 flats for extra care residents, 7 wheelchair accessible affordable-rent flats and 22 flats for shared ownership, arranged in two buildings in a landscaped setting.

Ewart House is the first Extra Care scheme in Harrow. Our client’s aim was to create a flagship development, exemplifying best practice both in terms of the quality of accommodation for older people and innovative care delivery. It comprises a mix of self-contained one and two bed flats, combined with associated communal areas which provide a base for a range of social and support services for both residents and the local community. Facilities include a commercial kitchen, café area, flexible dining/ activity space, a variety of informal seating / meeting spaces, therapy/consulting rooms and assisted bathing.

Octavia Housing own and manage Abigail House, the smaller building on the site. It provides a mix of 22 one and two-bed apartments for shared ownership, each with private balcony or patio.

Both buildings are highly energy efficient and Ewart House is designed to achieve a ‘Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) Level  4’ rating. Sustainable features include use of rainwater harvesting for all wcs and washing machines, and a gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant working in combination with solar thermal and photovoltaic panels.

In 2011, the development won the ‘Best New Place to Live in London’ category in the Mayor of London / RTPI annual awards. It was praised for its ‘innovative attention to detail’.

Ewart House features on the cover of the HCA’s Vulnerable and Older People Advisory Group Annual Report 2011 as well as being included as an exemplar within the report.

External photography © Morley Von Sternberg. Interior design and photography by Stanbridge Interiors