Duncan Clark & Beckett were initially approached by the Trustees of William Bermans Almhouses in 200? To prepare plans for extending all of the existing units on the site at Hanging Hill Lane in Hutton. The existing development was a combination of 4 No. Bungalows and 8 No. Flats which also included a wardens flat and a communal lounge area. The existing residential units were at the time all bedsitting units, out clients brief was to extend and alter the development to create individual bedrooms and lounges within all properties. This work was carried out successfully and on budget over 2 phases between the years of 2003 And 2004.
In 2009 the Trustees of William Bermans Almhouses again contacted Duncan Clark & Beckett to carry out a further phase on site. The project would involve converting the existing wardens flat into residential accommodation for letting. Due to the size and layout of the existing wardens unit it was not considered suitable to convert into properties of significant size and layout to serve the future user group. The decision was made between Duncan Clark and Beckett and the trustees to explore the option of demolition of the wardens unit and reconstructing 2 No. New fully wheelchair accessible bungalows. The scheme was developed and achieved both planning consent and building regulation approval, before starting on site in September 2009.
The scheme was designed as an extension of the existing terrace of bungalows, recreating the form and scale. The materials proposed were also contextual to those of the existing development with a matching facing brick used within the walling and a concrete interlocking tile for the roof covering. The development was carried out both on budget and on programme with residents taking occupation in 2010.