HPA Submits Plans for Cove House | HPA | Project Update

HPA Submits Plans for Care Home In National Landscape

HPA have, recently submitted to Lancaster City Council, a new proposal for additional homes in extension to Cove House. The extension will also improve 2 existing bedrooms and provide improved service areas to the existing care home. The extensions positioning, sits comfortably alongside the typography of the land, this means that the new addition will sit down into the landscape.

HPA have a long-established relationship working with the Abbeyfield Society, having being appointed by them in the 1990s. Since then, HPA have continually worked with the onsite team to ensure that the facility meets the demands of the client, residents and buildings.

Cove House is an established care facility located within Silverdale,  where it has been in operation since the 1950’s. The facility is run by Abbeyfield, an English housing charity operating nationally, providing sheltered housing and care homes for elderly people.

The main Cove House building is Victorian and dates back to the 19th century,  although there have been numerous amendments and additions over the following centuries.

Most recently, HPA designed and oversaw the construction of Cove Orchard, an independent living facility within the grounds of the care home.

Looking forwards, Cove House

Northeast elevation

The new extension is a result of a long term plan of upgrading and improving facilities to meet improved measures on sustainability and accessibility

The materials proposed within the development will match and complement those existing within the site to aid with consistency and reinforce a sense of place whilst being considerate of the setting of the neighbouring homes.  The main accommodation extension will be faced with limestone with the majority of the building randomly coursed, to match Cove Orchard. The bays will use coursed limestone to match the detailing of Cove House with some sandstone features echoed within the detailing.

West Elevation
South Elevation

The conjoining link between the new unit and Cove House will include glazed curtain walling to the garden to maximise views and natural light levels. To the north elevation, the link space is to be clad in standing seam metal cladding, coloured in a light green, to match the windows at Cove Orchard, which in turn took influence from the stained-glass detailing within Cove House. The mansard roof will be finished with local slates and a standing seam metal on the flat area of the roof.


A sedum roof has been proposed for the link element to enhance biodiversity on the site. Carefully located solar panels will provide electricity for the site. The design of the proposal ensures that the extension has been designed collaboratively with the Abbeyfield team, building upon experiences of staff, residents and specialists.

For more information on Sustainable Building Design.

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