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Trends in Later Living Design

11 Jul 2014 / in Uncategorized

With the number of people over 60 within our country continuing to rise it is important for designers and developers to look fully at the needs of this section of the population.  A large proportion of our clients are retired and through our work with them we have found that a lot of the previous assumptions that were made by developers about the types of space that they need and want are completely wrong.  This article touches on the research we have completed into this and some of the themes and trends within this growing sector.

Our clients are passionate about good design and want to make sure their homes are reflective of their continuing active lifestyles.  They want to feel they have a home that is the envy of their friends and that they can show off to family and relatives.  Older people also want to feel current and up to date in their choices – in fact in our experience older clients are more adventurous than the younger clients and families we work with.  Perhaps that’s because this is their opportunity to have exactly what they want without considering a future purchaser or how the market might develop.  It’s also important to remember that a lot of these clients were exposed to contemporary design over 50 years ago and aren’t afraid to be bold in their choices.

So what are the older generation looking for in their homes right now?  We are designing several new houses at the moment for retired and older clients and the following is an overview of the types of brief we are being given and the trends we are seeing.

Top Trends

Double height spaces with views of the sky are in high demand.  Where as some developers might see this as a waste of space, our clients value the fact that this creates spaces that give us a better sense of well being and are uplifting to the spirit.

Open plan spaces with room for a large table, somewhere to sit for coffee and a lovely large contemporary kitchen with all the latest gadgets.

Cold rooms and larders are extremely popular now with lots of shelves – along the lines iconic larder in Nigela Lawson’s cookery programmes.  These rooms naturally need to be placed on the north side of the house where possible and some clients are adding temperature controls.

Lots and lots of storage space is essential and storage rooms, corridors and storage walls feature as a part of our designs.  We all accumulate so much stuff these days and the traditional loft space is becoming a thing of the past with open ceilings and mezzanines taking it’s place.  A house with plenty of storage is now preferable to a house with plenty of toilets!  Developers take note.

Timber frame and kit houses are being requested by clients a lot.  The likes of Baufritz and Hans Haus are premium products with a price to match, but the ease and speed with which they are constructed makes them a popular choice.

Sustainable design is crucial to older clients, they understand that they have the opportunity to make sure their homes will be cheaper to run and better for the environment; not just for them but for their families in the future.  This is not eco-bling or add on features, but ensuring that the fabric of the house is well insulated and sealed beyond building regulations requirements and that the materials used are sourced responsibly.  Again the fact that a lot of the technology is cutting edge is a real attraction – our clients want to be ahead of the game and enjoy being new adopters.

We have frequently heard it said that if you design a product that appeals to a younger person today it will also be attractive to an older person.  Age is now irrelevant what is important is good design.  What this doesn’t take account of is that the older generation actually want to be ahead of the game, they want to be the ones taking risks and trying out new technology first.   In my mind that makes designing for later living the most exciting sector to be working in right now.   It could offer the opportunity for design, research and development that will help us create homes and environments that are better for all sections of the community.

Designing for Later Living

11 Jul 2014 / in Uncategorized

This is the first in a series of blog posts looking at the theme of design for later living, or how we could be designing for an increasing ageing population.

Over the last 10 years, like many young architectural practices we found ourselves cutting out teeth within the private residential sector.  As we have moved on to larger and more commercial projects we have found that our knowledge of this sector has given a huge amount of valuable research that can be translated into larger projects.

We have had the opportunity to develop detailed briefs for over 400 private clients within the residential sector and over 70% of these have been older clients.  This has bee a fantastic resource for a larger retirement projects and proved fruitful when we became finalists in the McCarthy & Stone re-imagining ageing competition last year.  We have subsequently written articles for the architectural press and provided research for clients such as Pegasus Life and other later living developers.

We have spent time analysing themes and trends within this sector and are now getting the opportunity to translate these into projects on site including our work with J&M homes in Tavistock where we are helping them create a development of 14 later living apartments and houses.

The next 5 posts will look at the themes we have been looking at and the research we have gone on to complete.  Themes include how to encourage active ageing within design, trends within relocation, looking to other countries such as the Middle East who are ahead of the UK in their approach to design for this sector and if retirement villages are the right solution for housing our ageing population.

We are moving to a lovely new office

30 Jun 2014 / in Uncategorized

Number 18 Southernhay West. Exeter.

This is the new location chosen by Living Space Architects to base their office and from where to launch the next stage of development.

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Living Space Architects was established in 2004 with the aim of creating vibrant contemporary architecture that is appropriate for its site, its history and its environment. Since then we have relocated into different offices depending on our client needs. Today, after four years of working hard in the same office and also starting work in a new sector, our team has been expanding so we have consequently had to move to a bigger office space.

The team at Living Space Architects hope you will have a chance to visit us soon.

18 Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1PJ. Telephone : 01392 270420

Tavistock in Devon – is this the perfect place to retire?

30 Jun 2014 / in Uncategorized

The dream of buying a property and living abroad is no longer an option for the average British person, according to experts.
The rising cost of living means that retirees looking for a new life abroad could be in for a nasty shock, with the dream of becoming an expat branded ‘a luxury’ by one specialist company.
European destinations are more expensive than ever before and some expat hotspots, such as Canada and New Zealand, are even pricier than living in the UK. For these reasons, British people must find good places in UK to enjoy this time, such as many places in south west Devon.

Living Space Architects thought that Tavistock would be a good location to start working on some later living projects a couple of years ago. For many reasons, after carrying out some later living projects there, Living Space Architects return to the challenge of converting and extending the former BT building in a Later Living Development. Those two last projects based in Tavistock were Paddons Court Retirement Apartments, which was designed and built around an attractive paved courtyard with nine and two bed apartments set in the heart of Tavistock and Retirement Housing Tavistock, which was created on this sloping site at centre and provided 14 new apartments, each with individual character.

This new project is a conversion and extension of the former BT building, exactly between Tavistock Canal and River Tavy, having Tavistock Tennis Club just 5 minutes walk away. Living Space Architects are working in this project to create some alterations to provide an alternative design more suited to Retirement Living.
Before carrying on explaining this project, we have researched location to understand if it remains a good location as a retirement destination. To introduce a little bit Tavistock, is an ancient scenery and market town within West Devon. It is situated on the River Tavy from which its name derives. As of the 2001 census it had a population of 11,018 inhabitants. It traces its recorded history back to at least AD 961 when Tavistock Abbey, whose ruins lie in the centre of the town, was founded.

The town is centred on the paved amenity of Bedford Square, around which are found St. Eustachius’ Church and the Abbey ruins, to the west, the Grade 2-listed Town Hall, the disused former Guildhall/magistrates’ court buildings, and Pannier Market buildings behind the Town Hall. Abbey Bridge crosses the River Tavy to the south, while West Street and Duke Street, on either side of the north end of the square, form the main shopping areas, with the indoor market running behind Duke Street.

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One of the most important building in Tavistock is The church of Saint Eustachius was dedicated by Bishop Stapledon in 1318 though there are very few remains of that building today. It was rebuilt and enlarged into its current form between 1350 and 1450, at which time the Clothworkers’ Aisle (an outer south aisle) was included, an indication of the growing importance of the textile industry to the local economy—the trade was protected by a 1467 statute.
It possesses a lofty tower supported on four open arches, one of which was reputedly added to accommodate the nineteenth century “tinners” or tin miners. Within are monuments to the Glanville and Bourchier families, besides some fine stained glass, one window being the work of William Morris and another of Charles Eamer Kempe.

Market village and shopping centre

Tavistock is a small market town, providing shopping and entertainment for its residents, many small outlying villages and the local farming community. 
1778843It is a centre for the West Devon and Dartmoor tourist trade. It is a fast growing dormitory area for commuters working in Plymouth and has a sizeable and rapidly growing retired population, perhaps drawn by the rural tranquillity and scenery, giving Tavistock an average resident age of 44

The Market continues to operate in the large covered market building, the Pannier Market; the main market is on Fridays, on other days the market hosts specialised events, such as craft fairs and antiques fairs. A Farmers’ Market takes place in the Square fortnightly and has been voted Best Farmer’s Market in the South West.
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In 2005 Tavistock was voted ‘Best Market Town’ in England and in 2006 ‘Best Food Town’, largely on the strength of the many independent food shops and suppliers in the town and nearby, such as a long-established family grocer and delicatessen in Brook St and the cheese shop behind the Pannier market. The town also became Devon’s second Fairtrade Town (in 2006).

 

Events
The biggest event in the town’s calendar is the annual Tavistock Goose Fair (known locally as “Goosey Fair”) which has existed since 1116. It occurs on the second  Wednesday of October, and takes over much of the town for several days either side, drawing crowds which far out number the resident population.Traditionally, the Fair was an opportunity for locals to purchase their Christmas goose, allowing plenty of time to fatten the bird before Christmas came; nowadays, along with a multitude of gypsy street vendors selling a vast range of wares, there are all the rides and games associated with funfairs, such as fortune tellers.
There is an annual 2-day Garden Festival held on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend and a Carnival with a 2-day Balloon Fiesta each August bank holiday weekend.

Foreign relations
Tavistock has long been a town of much interest to tourists and attracts many visitors from around the globe, for example Japan, France and Italy. The local college has many links with foreign schools and is known for its teaching of languages

Well, once that we studied this town, we realised that it was a good location in general to live and better place particularly for retiring people.
This project is being a great challenge for Living Space Architects and quite interesting because Retirement Living is the main working segment for this small office but with a big contemporary ideas.

The project
The property is located within Tavistock Town Centre, approximately 750 metres west of the main retail area along West Street and Plymouth Road. It is opposite Meadowland Park, leading through to the town and adjacent to Tavistock Community Primary School. 2

The building is exactly between Tavistock Canal and River Tavy, getting Tavistock Tennis Club just 5 minutes away walking.

Living Space Architects are creating alterations to existing approved drawings to provide alternative design more suited to retirement living.Untitled

The design of units 1, 2, 8 and 9 are remaining the same, and thought in revisiting of design for units 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 which are currently 3 storey town houses to 4 apartments. This likely consist of 2 ground floor apartment with access to a small garden, 2 first floor apartments and a single penthouse apartment. Untitled5

To provide the common areas to enjoy their free time and give them the chance to park their own cars, it is developing the landscape design looking at an enclosed courtyard to the rear and revised parking layout. The intention for all design changes to come within the remit of material amendments to the existing permission so that a new planning application is not required. Untitle

Work on this project began in April of 2014, and it is expecting to commence the construction in July – August of 2014.
Before starting this project, Living Space Architects had already worked in Tavistock building a couple of different develops for this segment.

Living Space Architects started working in Tavistock a couple of years ago.
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“Paddons Court” was designed and built around an attractive paved courtyard with nine one and two bed apartments set in the heart of Tavistock. The development is accessed from a small narrow lane which has created the feeling of a contemporary mews development.
Their approach to sustainability has been to specify local materials where possible, including the local quarried stone facing and stone window sills, which set against a bright render finish provide a contemporary local feel to the building. Screenshots_2014-04-07-16-01-56-2

The architects persuaded the developer to incorporate a green sedum roof across the building which has created a sensitive finish to the roofs which can be viewed from above on the road behind the site. The finished roof has bedded in well and provides a god environment for natural ecology, improving bio diversity and controlling rainwater run-off rates the roofs. These Sustainable additions to the design helped to ease the project through the planning stages.

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14 new apartments – each with individual character – have been created on this sloping site in Tavistock centre.
All the apartments are accessible to wheelchair and elderly users with large access corridors and lift access to all floors.Unt

The interior design is modern and of high quality with the external design more reflective of the adjacent listed buildings – a product of the negotiations with the planning authority.

 

South West Devon and particularly Tavistock is being set up as a retirement living town by Living Space Architects.

Find out more on: http://www.livingspacearchitects.com/blog

Eduardo Gilabert

 

 

 

 

Should you retire to Spain or South Devon?

14 May 2014 / in Uncategorized

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According to the insitute for public policy research, 252.000 British retirees lived abroad in 1981. By 1991 the figure had more than doubled, to 594.000, then hit a million in 2006. Now a foreign and common wealth office survey reveals that more than a third of Britons aged 55 plus want to live abroad. These people reveal that countries where good weather, sea views, peaceful and some entertainment are at their fingertips, all in he same place.

However, some of them say that they would have liked to find some of this beauty, in their origin country.For this reason, today we’ll discover Kingsbridge…May be the future retired people place?

Screenshots_2014-05-14-10-38-29kingsbridge-3Kingsbridge is a market town and popular tourist hub in the South Hams district of Devon, with a population of about 5,800. It is situated at the northern end of the Kingsbridge Estuary, which is a textbook example of a ria and extends to the sea six mils south of the town.
The town formed around a bridge, hence giving it the name of Kyngysbrygge (“King’s bridge”).
Kingsbridge has been the main market town in the area for centuries. Being situated within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and its proximity to the spectacular south Devon coast and sailing venues.

 

Eduardo Gilabert

 

 

 

Silver Linings

09 May 2014 / in News

A few months ago the RIBA published it’s latest Buildings Futures Research focussing on the way our towns and cities will change in response to the increase in the number of people over 60.  Over the next 20 years they state that the number of people over 60 will grow by 40%, but what impact will this have on the places we live?  The research focuses on  our towns and cities, but we wondered if it could also be relevant to more rural communities in the south west?

FIND OUT MORE ON: http://goo.gl/15pskH

 

Comparing some of the best Later Living Developments

09 May 2014 / in News

This blog focuses on the comparative case study approaches of Later Living Developments, providing case comparisons in similar locations, similar sizes and similar procurement companies, to enable us investigate alternative developments.

NAME OF DEVELOPMENT Milbrook Village Holyshute Lodge -Churchill Retirement Villages Somerleigh Court – Life Care Residences COTTAGES Auchlochan Garden – MHA Care Homes Orchard Gardens – Beechcroft Atlantic Rise – Pegasus Life
PLACEMENT Exeter Honiton Dorchester Larrarkshire Storrignton Bude, Cornwall
MINIMAL ALLOWED AGE 55 years old 60 years old 65 years old 60 years old 55 years old 55 years old
NUMBER OF PROPERTIES 135 houses 41 houses 68 houses 30 houses 25 houses 29 apartments
PRICES (MIN – MAX) £ 280 – 520 K £ 165 – 246 K £ 195 – 300 K £ 200 – 265 K £ 375 – 550 K £ 320 – 449 K
SERVICE CHARGE £ 4,750 annual £ 56.40 week £ 345.30 month £ 22.5 month £ 2750 + 350 year £250 month
APARTMENT SIZE (m2) 63 – 182 50 – 65 in average 54.81 – 88.25 32 – 152 2/ 3 bedrooms 50 – 86.4
FACILITIES
- Laundry NO PAYING PAYING PAYING NO LAUNDRY ROOM
- Health service centre YES NO YES YES NO
- Snooker/ Card room YES NO YES YES NO
- Fitness room YES NO NO NO NO
- Swimming pool YES NO NO NO NO
- Residents lounge YES YES YES YES NO YES
- Meeting room YES NO NO YES NO
- Gallery YES NO NO NO NO
- Bar/ Restaurant YES KITCHEN DINNING ROOM YES NO
- Car parking PAYING YES NO YES YES
- Guest suite PAYING PAYING PAYING PAYING NO YES
- Sun terrace YES YES YES YES YES
- Library YES NO YES NO NO
- Hair salon NO PAYING NO YES NO
- See views NO NO NO LAKE VIEWS NO
- OTHERS - - - - - -Daily newspaper-Fresh Beach Towels-Deck chairs-Club Lounge-Boot Room-Umbrellas

As we can see, this is a comparative study, with 6 different locations and companies in UK.

We wanted to explore if the Millbrook Village development in Exeter was as expensive as we had heard, by studying important benefits of this scheme, and at the same time, comparing it against 5 similar developments.

Before drawing any conclusion, it is important to understand that these developments are top-end projects where quality and design are part of their business strategy.

- SIZE: it’s observed, Milbrook Village, is the biggest size range, having quite difference of size between the biggest and the smallest one.

  • MINIMAL AGE ALLOWED: It must believes that should be one of the most important factors to understand the apartment price, because, when you buy a property, if you are younger, it will be cheaper, because it will be amortised for more years living is this apartment. Compared with others developments, Milbrook Village gives you the chance to buy it, from 5 to 10 years earlier than other companies. Let’s see what happens, if we imagine that a person can live in average to 81 years old (according to UK Office of National statistics, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future, as of 2013, a newborn baby boy could expect to live 79.10 years and a newborn baby girl 82.80 years. The overall life expectancy at birth could be 81 years
YEARS (81 – allowed age)

81 – 55 = 26

81 – 60 = 21

81 – 65 = 16

81 – 60 = 21

81 – 65 = 26

81 – 55 = 26

PRICE AVERAGE

£400.000

£205.500

£247.500

£232.500

£462.500

£384.500

400000 / 26

205500 / 21

247500 / 16

232500 / 21

462500 / 26

384500 / 26

PRICE PER YEAR

£15.384

£9.785

£15.468

£11.071

£

£14.788

Now we could be more objective, to compare the price of these apartments. The apartment price is being the same, but you will enjoy more years in Milbrook Village, Orchard Gardens, or Atlantic Rise. Knowing the year price, you are able to know, how much you are paying every year for your apartment for the rest of your life.

However, among the 3 most expensive developments, Milbrook Village is actually providing us much more facilities, and the price per m2 is one of the cheapest one. So, when you are thinking in buying an later living apartment, you should get to study every detail of your potential future house.

PRICE AVERAGE

£400.000

£205.500

£247.500

£232.500

£462.500

£384.500

SIZE AVERAGE

122,5 M2

57,5 M2

71,53

92 M2

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68.2 M2

M2 PRICE

£3.265

£3.573

£3460

£2527

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£5.638

Also, if it is compared each other per “m2 price”, “Cottages” which was one of the cheapest price at the beginning of this studio, would come to get in the second most expensive apartment just per m2.

Once the study is completed, we suggest that Milbrook Village may seem the most expensive development, but offers one of the best sale conditions (minimal age allowed, good price per m2, facilities).

The only criticism we would have is that the designs appear outdated. We believe that a more contemporary design here, combined with the price offered could develop an exciting offering for the prospective retirees.

Eduardo Gilabert

Is London the best place to retire?

09 May 2014 / in News

London is one of the biggest cities in the world, city that never sleeps, mix of races, and mainly…over crowded. For that reasons, today, I want to ask me if it would be London a good but odd choice to retire.

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Many people, when they are thinking of the moment of their retiring, they instantly imagine a little wood cottage on the top of the mountains, with maybe a nice fishing lake, or even, just the opposite, a lovely house right on the seashore. Anyway, a placement where you look wherever, and you see peace and quiet, so…what about London, then?

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We are currently living in those time, when people get their retire but, feel is not too old to stop suddenly and need to start enjoying some experiences, that, they couldn’t live years before, because, they have had a busy life. Also, at the same time, there are people, who have decided to take their retire from 55 years old, and got the opportunity to take it slow or just realizing that making sacrifice after sacrifice in their personal live, so is just no the way to live this life.

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For these kind of people, London, may be a great opportunity and the best solution. This puts you just in the middle of all the action: musicals, theatres, art galleries, museums, parks; generally, art, culture and spectacles, around of you. All of this in combination with the biggest public transport facilities, which is free after the age of 60.

Eduardo Gilabert

Top places to retire in Devon – Ilfracombe

09 May 2014 / in News

Undecided about where you would like to retire? Are there advantages in buying a “later living” property? What will you do with so much free time? Is it possible to have everything you want and need in the same place?  These are just some of the questions you might be asking yourself when you start considering retirement.

Many of our clients come to us with ideas about building a new home for retirement and we also work with some of the biggest developers in the retirement sector, so we thought we would look at the places they choose and why they might be worth considering.  This is the first in a series of articles about the best places to retire, some are well know, others less so and we hope they give some food for thought.

The first in our series on the best places to retire is one of our favourite towns and the lines below give just some of the wonders and distractions available in one of the picturesque towns in Devon.

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The perfect place to retire? These were the thoughts of McCarthy & Stone when they decided to build apartment overlooking the harbour (left image).  One of a number of more contemporary retirement developments now cropping up around the country. Artist Damien Hirst also has ambitious plans for 750 homes in the town, the development also includes plans for a primary school, shops, business and health centre (right image).

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ATTRACTIONS

“Verity” is a stainless steel and bronze statue, looking out over the harbour created by Damien Hirst. Verity represents ‘a modern allegory of truth and justice’ and stands guiding mariners into the safety of the harbour. Measuring 10 inches higher than the Angel of the North, Verity became the tallest statue in the Uk when it was put into place.  Verity has already become both a landmark and big draw to the town.  “The Quay” Restaurant & Bar: classic locally sourced food and stunning views of the see and harbour. All of this, in an environment designed by the master touch, its owner Damien Hirst.

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LANDMARK THEATRE

An unusual (even controversial) double conical design, it is locally referred to as Madonna’s Bra, a reference to its shape and that of an iconic brassiere worn by the singer Madonna.

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The two brick cones are built from more than 300,000 bricks.

The foyer floor is made of white Carrara marble broken in to pieces and laid with black terrazzo grout. Each cone is 22.5 metres high and built from Belgian white bricks no longer in production. The foyer is only 2.85 metres high. Teams of four bricklayers worked on each cone, starting in March and finishing in December 1997.

HISTORY

The Landmark had its origin in a Civic Trust Regeneration Unit project established in the late 1980s. In 1990, the Council commissioned a survey of arts provision in North Devon and, in particular, the role of the council’s two theatres, the Victoria Pavilion in Ilfracombe and the Queen’s Hall in Barnstaple. As a result, the Queen’s Hall was refurbished and like The Landmark, is now managed by the North Devon Theatres’ Trust.

ARTS & MAIN EVENTS

The town hosts eight small art galleries, including the exhibitions displayed by the Art Society in the crypt of Emmanual Church on the seafront, the foyer of the Landmark Theatre, the Quay and in “Number Eleven, The Quay” within which there are many Damien Hirst works, including butterfliespharmacy, small statues and wallpaper designs. In October 2012 Damien Hirst loaned the statue, Verity, to the District Council, it is a controversial piece but stands guiding mariners into the safety of the harbour. The town is home to many artists who work with Damien Hirst (winner Turner Prize for contemporary art 1996), of significance the 2011 short listed Turner Prize artist, George Shaw, has a studio and now lives in the town.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE GRANDCHILDREN

There are also many activities for children and families around Ilfracombe such as the Aquarium, Quads, Bowls… “Tunnel Beaches” offers the perfect place for families.

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While the children are playing on the pirate ship outside or in the indoor play area, parents and grandparents can share a cup of tea in the bar-restaurant, enjoying some beautiful sea views.

FISHING HARBOUR

There has been a port in Ilfracombe since at least the 12th Century and a settlement for much longer. Today the predominant use is for leisure and tourism but this is still a working harbour with fish and seafood landed daily with the tide. Enjoy the spectacle of a proper working boat or watch the gig crews practice their sport.

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FERRY TO LUNDY (TRIP)

In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, Lundy was named as the tenth greatest wonder of Britain. The entire island has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and was the first Marine Nature Reserve in England, due to its unique flora and fauna.

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There are two ways to get to Lundy, depending on the travel season. From April to October, visitors are taken on the Landmark Trust’s own vessel, which sails from Bideford and Ilfracombe. Three visits a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

From November to March, the island is served by a scheduled helicopter service from Hartland Point. The helicopter operates on Mondays and Fridays, with flights between 12 noon and 2 pm.

ILFRACOMBE FARMERS MARKET

A great place to shop got a little bit of everything here, Very friendly stall holders offering a wide range of goods and produce and lovely atmosphere.

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Eduardo Gilabert

 

Grassroots Football

09 May 2014 / in News

Investing in youngsters

As you read the latest football news, it notes radical proposals for the restructuring of English football in the report of the FA commission. This is an important issue for us “If Football Association chairman Greg Dyke’s Commission really wants to study why fewer English youngsters are breaking through into the country’s top teams, it may want to consider the importance of the facilities on which the next generation of footballers depend”blog1

In one of our recent projects at Tavistock Community Football Club, the principle aim has been to facilitate the development of essential football playing facilities and junior involvement for Tavistock and the surrounding areas of Devon.

We have created 12 new pitches with new ground levelling and grading works to encourage good natural drainage on the flat new playing fields.

 

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The pitches redevelopment project remodelled the end of the swale to allow water to exit the field and to retain the features of the floodplain of the local area. Previously rainfall had run off the compacted plateau into the central swale and collected a considerable depth, causing a bund of soil at the end of the swale preventing escape.

The new Tavistock Community Football Club building creates a  building that is easy to find your way around and allows the children to be easily monitored and controlled.  Issues of child protection are very important in a scheme of this kind and the changing facilities have been developed in line with current Football Foundation guidelines to ensure the children’s safety, especially on days where the building is used by both the CRA and TFC.

As well as providing safe areas, by creating communal facilities and a combined entrance, the scheme encourages more integration between the clubs and the opportunity for junior players to feel they are part of an organisation, where they can progress to a higher level in the game as they develop.  Communal facilities at first floor create areas for coaching and for new members evenings.  They also create spaces where both clubs can come together for social events, something that is currently not possible, as the existing TFC Black and Red Club is a licensed facility and therefore not open to children.

A community room was provided giving the overall importance of this complex for football senior/junior coaching; social events; committee meetings; fund raising events. Its prime use is for football development in the area – however more widely it is able to house community and business functions as a whole to provide an income stream for football development.

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