Located in the coastal town of Porthcawl, this project involved the design of a new convalescent home, converted from an existing Grade II Listed Building into 34 residential apartments, and the provision of 25 new-build apartments. The listed building sits on a prominent site overlooking Rest Bay, affording wonderful views over the ocean and along the coastline. The building's history boasts Florence Nightingale as one of its benefactors.
Our proposals for the new-build residential pays deference to the majesty of the historic listed Convalescent Home known as ‘The Rest’ while creating contemporary living for the residents. New two and three-storey apartments enclose a landscaped courtyard to the west of The Rest, while removal and reconfiguration of existing buildings benefited the aspect and prospect of the listed building.
Care has been taken to promote harmony between the old and new buildings and although contemporary in form, the new build borrows architectural references from the listed building. The dominant impression of pitched roofs on the listed building is engaged in the language of the new build. This not only endears the new build to the old but also reflects the ‘beach hut’ building form common to seaside locations.