Saunders Boston Ltd (SBL) is recognised nationally as a leading architect within the Care sector. We are currently delivering a range of care projects (Extra Care, Residential/Nursing/Dementia, Intermediate Care, Sheltered and Continuing Care Villages/Communities) with values from £500k to £50m+. Projects include new build (stand alone and part of mixed-use developments), remodelled and refurbished schemes. We also act in an advisory / expert consultant role. Our clients include Local authorities, Registered Providers, Charities and Private providers.

In summary SBL offers our clients the following;

• A dedicated ‘Care’ division with extensive sector experience
• Darren Heffer (Director and National Head of Care) is a recognised national expert in Extra Care Housing, evidenced by;
• Co-Author of Suffolk County Council Design Guide for Extra Care (Very Sheltered) Housing
• Speaker at Housing Learning Improvement Network (Housing LIN) national annual conference on Extra Care Housing
• Speaker at National Housing Federation (NHF) conference on Extra Care Housing
• National advisor to a number of Registered Providers
• National advisor to Contractors / Developers / House-builders
• Member of Extra Care Strategy Panel (Eastern Region)
• Expert consultancy role, currently working with public & private bodies and financial investors
• High levels of Customer Satisfaction –

“We have worked with Darren on numerous multimillion pound projects over a 6 year period and have always been highly impressed with the quality of service and Darren's innovative but customer focused approach"

Mark Newstead (Development Director), Sanctuary

Link to Darren Heffer's Care CV (Summary)

Link to Darren Heffer's Care CV (Detailed)

• A dedicated Interior Design division with extensive sector experience

Link to Zib Gotto's interiors CV


  • Ashley House PLC
  • Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association
  • Cambridge County Council
  • Caring Homes
  • Community Solutions (Morgan Sindall)
  • e2 consortium
  • Essex County Council
  • ExtraCare Charitable Trust
  • First Care Homes
  • Grand Union Housing Group
  • Gravesend Borough Council
  • Guinness
  • Hanover
  • Havebury Housing Association
  • Housing 21
  • Kent County Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • Methodist Homes for the Aged
  • Metropolitan
  • Orbit
  • Orders of St. John Care Trust
  • Orwell Housing Association
  • Redrow
  • Sanctuary Housing Association
  • Sense UK
  • Suffolk County Council
  • South Cambs District Council
  • Uttlesford District Council
  • Willmott Dixon

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