The Brierfield Mill in East Lancashire has been chosen as the site of a new lifestyle model for older people properties.
The development, to be known as Evermore at Northlight is a joint venture between Bamfiled Investment Properties and Pendle Borough Council.
The properties are to be built by Pendle Enterprise & Regeneration Limited, who will be erecting attractive properties with support services to help older people retain independence and control.
Each apartment will have a double-bedroom and ensuite, living room, kitchenette, and balcony.The village in Brierfield is the first of its kind to be built in England and will feature a five storey building with 60 one-bed, self-contained apartments for sale.
The apartments will be clustered into households of 12 with each household sharing communal living area and hearth including an open plan kitchen and large dining table.
Tim Webber, Managing Director of the Barnfield Group, said: “We’re excited about having the ground breaking Evermore proposition in Lancashire first, and in such an iconic local building. The Evermore concept combined with the fantastic regeneration of a landmark building will set the standard for what we demand of housing in later life.”
It is expected that construction of Evermore at Northlight will begin in Autumn 2014 with sales commencing in Spring 2015. This is the first village of at least 20 Evermore communities that will be built by 2020.
Evermore founder Sara McKee, says “It will radically change the housing choices available for people in later life and tackle social isolation among older people living alone, Evermore’s philosophy is about providing older people with fantastic lifestyle opportunities in the heart of the community they know and love. With amenities including a hotel, business enterprise centre, recreation facilities, restaurants, and a marina, I can’t think of a better location for our first village than Northlight.”
The approach is inspired by the Green House Project in USA which provides homes for older people that look and feel like a real home while also delivering high quality care.
Research has shown its model has resulted in improved quality of life among residents, better quality of care, and higher staff satisfaction compared to traditional retirement living properties.