Mayfield Retirement Villages

Lean design improves sustainability and reduces cost

This is the first Mayfield Villages brand development and is one of the largest retirement villages in the UK. The size of the development makes the project very similar in nature to the residential developments Walsh have a proven track record of successfully delivering.

Walsh were employed to take the design fromm planning to completion. Walsh were able to bring significant savings to the scheme in terms of both cost and embodied carbon through lean design and consideration of sustainability in the specifications.

In total a saving of 290m3 of concrete and 140 tonnes of reinforcing steel were able to be stripped from the planning scheme. This reduction in building weight combined with an optimisation exercise on the foundation design led to a 25% reduction in overall number of piles required for the project.

The Block B building includes two levels of car parking below the apartment levels. By using post-tensioned slab techniques, the typical floors were able to be reduced from 275mm thick to 225mm while still maintaining spans between columns to avoid the necessity for a transfer slab or beams above the car park.

  • Audley
  • Mayfield Villages
  • Gaunt Francis Architects
  • Balfour Beatty
Completion Date2022

Please click on images below to open a full-screen gallery.

Explore Related Projects

Build to Rent (BTR & PRS)

100 West Cromwell Road

Analysing foundation capacity and future-proofing structures [...]

Read more


101 Newington Causeway

Identifying optimal approach for new sustainable commercial development [...]

Read more


12 Westfield Avenue

Design for commercial planning application [...]

Read more


127 Charing Cross Road

Extra storeys and a remodel whilst nightclub remained operational on ground floor [...]

Read more


14 Westfield Avenue

Lightweight construction accelerates programme & reduces carbon [...]

Read more

Student Accommodation

2 Trafalgar Way

Largest Passivhaus PBSA project in Europe [...]

Read more

Taking Sustainability Seriously

Sustainability is in our DNA and we have our own ambitious goals to achieve Net Zero as a business and with our designs. With innovative in-house monitoring tools, Walsh clients have seen on average reductions of 10-20% total embodied carbon, with some of our flagship work achieving 60-70% reductions compared with baseline figures.