Coffey Architects completes ‘village life’-inspired later living housing

Coffey focused on sustainable and low-carbon design, with a passive approach which prioritises airtightness, low U-values and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. The core materials used, including brick, tile, and locally sourced flint, were chosen for simplicity, durability and longevity.

A Pegasus home is a place we strive to create the feeling of wellbeing, comfort and enrichment for our owners. Cobham Bowers has successfully brought together these qualities through well-considered and community-focused design. The building has created a variety of spaces and environments that suit differing needs and stands as a real showcase of progressive design in the senior living sector. We are delighted with the outcome of Coffey Architect’s design, as are our owners.

The new development consists of two adjoined residential blocks accommodating one- and two-bedroom apartment types in four different layouts. The blocks are designed with distinctive gable ends, the pitch of the roofs drawing inspiration from Cobham’s typical architecture.

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Project data


Client’s view


Start on site September 2020
Completion January 2022
Gross internal floor area 6,726m2
Form of contract or procurement route Design and Build
Construction cost Undisclosed
Construction cost per m2 c £2,500
Architect Coffey Architects
Client Pegasus, part of the Lifestory Group
Structural engineer Symmetrys
M&E consultant Milieu
QS Equals
Interior design Love Interiors
Landscape consultant UBU
Acoustic consultant Adrian James Acoustics
Principal designer Ridge
Approved building inspector Sweco
Main contractor Keady Construction
CAD software used AutoCAD/Revit


Situated in the village of Cobham in Surrey, the development comprises 53 apartments arranged around a walled garden and replaces an outdated 1980s office building deemed unsuitable for residential reuse.



Placing the comfort and well-being of the residents at the forefront, we ensured that every aspect of the design exudes beauty without compromise. It has been a true joy to bring this vision to life, celebrating the spirit of togetherness and creating a place that residents can proudly call home. Our team at Coffey found great delight in collaborating once again with Pegasus, as we strived to create a remarkable development that aligns seamlessly with our shared values.


Emphasis was placed on bright and open living spaces filled with natural light, offering views out. The layouts maximise the opportunity for dual-aspect orientation and every apartment includes a balcony or terrace.  The circulation spaces were designed to be generously proportioned and well-lit.

Chris Powell, regional managing director, Pegasus

In plan, too, the development draws inspiration from Cobham’s layout and its gardens, being centred around a walled garden that provides a secluded courtyard, lined in local flint, with shared seating. An entrance pavilion provides a multifunctional space for residents to use communally, whether for group dinners, coffee chats, yoga sessions or celebratory gatherings.


Architect’s view

Phil Coffey, director, Coffey Architects