Thurlow Grange in Sedgefield was a traditional sheltered housing scheme consisting of 31 one bed apartments and bedsits, the majority of which were empty with low demand making them economically unviable. Research into the local housing market indicated a need to improve the availability of affordable homes in the Village, with particular demand for two bed bungalows.
Built as part of the HCA’s Affordable Homes Programme, at a cost of £2.3m Caden Court consists of 11 two bed bungalows and 11 two bed flats. The design provides an integrated courtyard and parking spaces and provides active frontages to all four sides of the development to promote a sense of community. The development is also sited to take advantage of the views of the church tower and surrounding parkland
The scheme meets the requirements of the 2010 Building Regulations, and the HCA Design and Quality Standards. The properties achieve level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, and Secured by Design Certification. They also meet the Lifetime Homes Criteria utilising design elements such as level access and flat floor showers. Solar PV panels have been installed on the bungalows as an energy saving measure which will reduce energy consumption. As a further energy saving measure the ventilation system installed in all homes re-uses up to 95% of the heat that would have otherwise have been lost from the property therefore reducing energy consumption.
Community engagement was an important part of the development at both design and build. Local primary school children were given the opportunity to name the development. The winning name, honours the passing of Father John Caden, who was a popular figure within the Village and served as Sedgfield's Roman Catholic priest for more than half a century.
I love my home, there is nothing I don’t like about it, I feel lucky to be here;