Fry Court

Great Ayton, North Yorkshire

- £6.1M

Fry Court comprises an Extra Care Housing development built within the grounds of a listed Country House in the North Yorkshire village of Great Ayton. The site had been earmarked for such a facility for many years before this development finally managed to provide a financially viable scheme that met the needs if an aging local population.

North Yorkshire County Council developed a framework for the provision of Extra Care housing across the county. Following a previous proposal for the site by others that failed to address this brief, SPA Architects were instrumental in bringing together Housing21 and Tolent Construction in a partnership that could provide a development that not only met the needs of both NYCC and Hambleton District Council, but also proved to be viable. The development provides 57 apartments with communal facilities providing a mix of 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments, with a range of communal facilities, the accommodation all being grouped around a south facing courtyard garden affording views down a meadow and of the adjacent hills.

Particular care was taken to site the building in a location that minimized impact on adjacent housing whilst respecting the existing mature trees around the site that were all protected under a blanket Tree Preservation Order. The site was particularly visible from a public footpath passing through the estate, hence a muted palette of colours was used to enable the building to blend into its surroundings. The development also includes for the construction of 15 elderly persons bungalows which are to be constructed during 2022.