Ainsley Gommon Architects


Grŵp Cynefin with Gwynedd Council


Porthmadog, Gwynedd


Approx £7.5 million

Date Completed


Development Overview

Hafod Y Gest is an £7.5 million Extra Care scheme in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, providing 40 self contained one and two bed apartments with 24-hour care. Situated in the centre of Porthmadog, an important coastal town in Gwynedd, North Wales, the proposed scheme replaces an ageing care home in a poor state of repair, which is being demolished as part of the proposals.

As well as the 26 two bed apartments and 14 one bed apartments, a range of communal facilities are also being provided within a centralised communal hub, including lounge and dining spaces, sunroom, hobby room and hairdressers. These are located on the south side of the building allowing direct access out onto a south facing landscaped garden. An additional courtyard garden has been formed to the western boundary which provides a separate quiet and secluded private space for the residents.

A palette of natural, local materials are being used including slate walls, timber cladding, off white and light blue render, combined with a mix of welsh slate and metal roofs. By avoiding a large unbroken linear design and opting for a more fragmented elevational profile, the massing of the new building is reduced as far as possible to replicate a more human scale.

The scheme achieved planning consent in December 2014 and Grŵp Cynefin aims to start on site in early 2016.