Deansfield Court Extra Care Facility – North Yorkshire
Malton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed Deansfield Court for Yorkshire Housing, a modern extra care residential facility that replaced a long-standing care home designed to respond to older people’s changing needs.
Aimed at those with health issues that make independent living more difficult but who do not need full residential care, this was a new concept for Yorkshire Housing to offer more support than sheltered housing but still allow residents to live independently.
Yorkshire Housing took over the residential care facility and adjacent housing stock from North Yorkshire County Council. Bowman Riley liaised with both parties to facilitate the transaction and to ensure that the new residential facility met the aspirations of the housing provider and its residents.
Deansfield Court provides 50 self-contained apartments with a communal lounge, restaurant, internet café, hair salon, therapy room, library and shop. The accommodation improved the levels of care and self-sufficiency for the residents. Five of the units were designed for wheelchair users and the building can accommodate power-assisted wheelchairs and buggies on all three floors.
Yorkshire Housing was keen to explore the alternative methods of design and construction on this development. As a result, the building was designed using timber-framed panel systems.
Ten years after completion and Deansfield Court has a waiting list proving the success and popularity of this extra care scheme. Danny Watson, Scheme manager, Yorkshire Housing said:
“It’s a popular scheme and we’re sending out applications forms every day to people who are interested. And I try to ensure that anybody who rings up can come and have a look around because it’s a selling point for them to see how lovely the building is.”
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