The proposal is for the regeneration of a 1960’s concrete framed building with a low maintenance façade system. The colour palette and materials have been chosen to compliment the existing building and be in keeping with surrounding properties.
By refreshing the external appearance and remodelling the inefficient internal layout of the lower two floors this will significantly improve the experience for the users and will enhance the visual appearance of the Poppy Break Centre. The intention is to provide a building to be proud of where service men and women, veterans and their families will want to come and stay. At present the building struggles to meet the demands of The Royal British Legion and the high standard of service that they stand for.
The removal of the domestic conservatory at the front of Alderson House and its replacement with a new, fully glazed lounge with terrace above will provide up-to-date, modern facilities for the visitors to enjoy and maintain views across the sea. The existing entrance is located out of sight from the street and pedestrian access point making it confusing to find for new visitors. The proposed new entrance location on the corner of the building with a new 1 in 12 gradient ramp leading to it will improve access, provide an active corner frontage and significantly enhance the kerb appeal. The refurbishment throughout the building will bring Alderson House in line with modern standards where ever possible, providing level thresholds to all new doors for DDA compliance and improving the thermal efficiency of the existing envelope by recladding and insulating.