Work starts on new dementia-friendly housing scheme

£6.1m extension to Abbeyfield York will provide 25 extra care and dementia care units

A CGI impression of the new Regency Mews development

Construction work has started on a £6.1m scheme to create dementia-friendly accommodation for older people in York.

The Abbeyfield York is extending its existing site with new studio flats for older adults with dementia and assisted living needs.

Designed by Brewster Bye Architects for The Abbeyfield York Society; the development will see an additional 17 extra care and eight dementia care studio flats built on the site.

They will be housed within a 2,500sq m new-build annex next to the grounds of Abbeyfield’s existing extra care and sheltered housing scheme, Abbeyfield House.

Incorporating ‘HAPPI’ design principles, we have been very mindful of the dementia care requirements for this project

Caroline Newnham from The Abbeyfield York Society said: “There is a real lack of suitable accommodation for older people across York, and with an ageing population both regionally and nationally, this shortage will only continue to increase.

“We have been successfully operating our extra care and sheltered housing schemes in York for over 50 years. And, by purchasing and developing this parcel of land next door, we can expand our offering by incorporating a purpose-built annex of 25 homes adjacent to Abbeyfield House in this predominantly-residential neighbourhood.”

There is a real lack of suitable accommodation for older people across York, and with an ageing population both regionally and nationally, this shortage will only continue to increase

Mark Henderson of Brewster Bye Architects, adds: “Having already worked with Abbeyfield on Fern House, one of the UK’s-most-advanced extra care and dementia centres, close to Bingley town centre, we thoroughly understand how to deliver the very-best homes for older people with dementia and those that need extra support.

“Incorporating ‘HAPPI’ design principles, which include maximising seating areas and creating ample communal and shared facilities, as well as a strong connection with the outdoors, we have been very mindful of the dementia care requirements for this project.

“We have also consulted with the University of Stirling’s Dementia Design Audit Tool to inform the design of both the individual flats and communal spaces.”

Companies