Liverpool architects win assisted living contract

Brock Carmichael secures a deal with Calico Homes for the assisted living project that will see the creation of 90 units of extra-care accommodation on a derelict hospital site

Derelict site in Burnley that will be transformed into an extra car development


Liverpool architecture practice Brock Carmichael has secured a deal with Calico Homes to deliver new homes on a derelict former hospital site.

The site in Burnley will be transformed into new apartments, with 90 units of extra-care accommodation and an inclusive community hub. It aims to provide specialist assisted-living accommodation in a neighbourhood setting.

The first phase of the development would include 90 apartments of accessible extra-care homes for local people over 55 with extra support needs, within easy reach of local amenities and the hospital.

Extra care housing comprises self-contained homes with design features and care and support services that help people to remain independent for as long as possible. It can offer many different levels of support, which can be altered as care needs change. Currently there are no dedicated extra care schemes in the town.

Michael Cosser, lead partner at Brock Carmichael for the project, said: “We bring our experience in medical centres, assisting living, regeneration and place-making to the table knowing how important this project is both to Calico Homes and to the town.

“This will be another example of how we work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary, public and private sector teams to ensure the project is delivered to time and budget. We look forward to helping to deliver this vital project to the town.”

Plans for the new development will be formally submitted to Burnley Council early in 2021. The project will generate a number of local jobs and apprenticeships over the next few years, as the work takes shape.

Wendy Malone, director of development for Calico Homes, said: “This is a much-needed project for the town will have a massive impact on people’s lives, providing specialist accommodation for our older generation and apprenticeships for our younger generation too.”

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