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Retirement Living + Care

Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) has considerable expertise in the Retirement Living + Care sector. Based from Cambridge our specialist Architectural and Interior Design teams are delivering projects nationally for both privately and publically funded clients.

Our specialist team is headed by Darren Heffer (Director) who has over 20 years’ experience in the sector.

Over the past decade, specialist developments ranging in construction cost from £1m to £40m+, have included independent living, supported, sheltered and extra care housing with care. Bespoke solutions have been delivered for young and older persons living with various forms of physical and mental conditions.

Publically funded clients include Registered Providers, Local Authorities and Charities.

SBA is also working on a number of privately funded Retirement Living projects at the aspirational end of the market and CQC registered Care Homes, including residential, nursing and dementia care.

Darren Heffer is a member of the (eastern region) Housing Learning Improvement Network (HLIN) steering committee and has spoken at annual and regional  HLIN conferences. Darren also co-authored the Suffolk County Council Design and Management Guide for Very Sheltered Housing.

SBA is Affiliate members of the Association of Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) and also sits on an Extra Care Strategy Panel in the eastern region.


SBA provides our clients with the following key services in the sector;

  • Architectural
  • Planning Consultant
  • Master-planning
  • Interior Design
  • Principal Designer
  • Clerk of Works
  • Project Management


Darren Heffer

Darren has over 20 years’ experience in delivering Retirement Living and Care projects. Projects range in value from £500k to £30m+ and are designed for wide ranging clients and end-occupiers, some at the aspiration end of the market while other buildings are delivered for those with the acute healthcare needs.


  • ‘LACE Housing Association has enjoyed an excellent relationship with Saunders Boston. They have assisted us in the design and subsequent application for planning in respect of development opportunities within the County of Lincolnshire. Their professional team bring a range of expertise and knowledge associated to specialist support housing which in turn will help us to deliver much needed homes and support services for older and vulnerable people.’

    Nick Chambers, Chief Executive, LACE Housing
  • 'On behalf of Enterprise Retirement Living (ERL), I would like to thank you for the work you did recently, supporting our bid for the site of a new Retirement Community. We were impressed with how you used your skills and experience of the sector to interpret our brief to achieve a scheme design which reflected our requirements and the ethos of ERL. Your excellent CGI’s and the fly through illustrated your design such that we were able to demonstrate the quality of our proposal. We look forward to having the opportunity to work with you in the future.'

    James Pegg, Enterprise Retirement Living

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