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.
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.
It 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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paddons Court Retirements apartments:
“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.
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.
Retirement Housing in Tavistock:
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.
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.
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