Deansfield Court and Briarwood Court Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Malton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley created Deansfield Court, extra care development for Yorkshire Housing designed to respond to older people’s changing needs.
The development is 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.
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.
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.”
Set against a backdrop of a lack of available brownfield land in the rural Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, the construction of Deansfield Court was made possible by a strategic land swap. We liaised with Yorkshire Housing and Ryedale Council to arrange for Deansfield Court to replace a council-owned care home that was no longer fit for purpose on an alternative site in the town and the 0.5-hectare site of the former care home was used to develop a new affordable housing scheme.
Following the completion of Deansfield Court, we designed Briarwood Court, 22 two and three-bedroom new affordable homes with a playground and communal gardens to meet the needs of local families. The sustainable features include solar panels, photovoltaic panels and water attenuation. Bowman Riley provided the Code for Sustainable Homes assessment and the development successfully achieved Level IV. The scheme also achieved Secured by Design.
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