Ainsley Gommon Architects


Trent and Dove Housing


Burton on Trent



Date Completed

Spring 2015

Development Overview

Dove and Meadow Court is a sheltered scheme built on a former church hall site, within an established residential area of Burton-on-Trent. The new building comprises 28 no. one bedroom apartments with shared communal facilities, including a large resident’s lounge with coffee bar, multi-purpose hobby spaces and south facing landscaped gardens.

The building is designed to meet BREEAM Very Good and full accessibility throughout the scheme is provided. The scheme is also able to accommodate future adaptations to meet the changing needs of the residents. This has been addressed with level routes throughout including the garden areas, lift access to the first floor and the design of a resident’s fully accessible bathroom. The design of the building provides generous space standards within the apartments and communal areas.

The surrounding residential buildings consist of bungalows and large two storey houses. Although the new building does not have a true street elevation, the form and materials have been selected to offer a more contemporary design, in contrast to the existing dwellings. The facades utilise a mixed palette of brick, render and copper cladding. Large windows provide good levels of natural day light to the living areas in the flats and are further accentuated by the introduction of feature copper surrounds.  Improved levels of thermal performance and air tightness are incorporated within the detailing.

The landscape design provides associated public and private areas. An existing public footpath runs through the north side of the site with private secure gardens situated on the south face of the building.