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Project
Colby Lodge
Year
2013–2018
Client
Walthamstow & Chingford Almshouse Charity (WCAC)
Number of homes
20
Local authority
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Awards
Housing Design Awards - GLA Award 2019 - Winner
Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Best Community Living 2019 - Winner

An evolution of the traditional almshouse, this project retains the virtues of shelter and security while providing social spaces for residents and communal facilities that can be opened up to the community, without compromising residents’ privacy. Generous dual aspect daylighting of all flats combined with high levels of insulation make ideal homes for the 3rd Age of life, while wide access galleries and accessible gardens have already become popular gathering places.

Colby Lodge embodies the idea that an almshouse can be affordable, inviting and a lively neighbourhood hub when required, as well as a comfortable, secure home.

As well as our own flat there is a lovely shared garden, including a water feature, and shared lounge where we can meet and chat. We are both very happy here.”
Resident
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