Planning secured on new housing scheme for older persons' independent living

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Peak Architects has received planning consent on a large-scale older persons' independent living project, in southeast Sheffield, contributing to the Sheffield City Council’s mission to increase council housing by 3,100 homes by 2029.

The scheme, which supports the housing needs and aspirations of Sheffield’s diverse ageing population, comprises a mix of one and two bed apartments to address the provision of older persons independent living accommodation (OPIL).

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The designs for all 141 apartments ensure the scheme is environmentally sustainable, with future proofed adaptability built in. The proposed development follows a fabric first approach, resulting in increased levels of insulation and air tightness throughout - over and above the national building regulation requirements.

Through considered design, Peak Architects aim has consistently been to create access to both vibrant indoor and outdoor spaces that foster strong social bonds and meet the demands of its occupants. Hence, the scheme sees the extension of existing parkland and improved cross site pedestrian and cycle links whilst promoting a safe and accessible environment for new and future residents.

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Peak Architects’ Director, Patrick Arends, says:

“As with all our projects, it is about staying truly focused on what the design challenge is about, which is ultimately the end users’ daily lives; not only in the comfort of their homes; but also facilitating interaction in their social lives too.  The Newstead development is well positioned to further build a sense of community within and across the wider neighbourhood. We hope that our proposal for this large-scale development will create high quality homes through the provision of adaptable dwellings which, in turn, will give longevity and comfortable living for generations to come.”

The apartments will be built to a high standard, with high thermal performance to reduce energy bills and lifetime home features, enabling any required future adaptations to be incorporated easily and at low cost.  Each property also benefits from good natural daylight levels, sound insulation and private amenity space.

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The project incorporates the creation of both indoor and outdoor social and communal spaces.  These include a community hall for programmed activities and a café with a south facing courtyard for both residents and the wider community.

Kerry Bollington, head of SCC’s Housing Growth team comments,

“We are truly delighted to be working with Peak Architects to deliver this scheme.  As part of our new Stock Increase Programme, this project offers a bespoke alternative to traditional general needs and family housing. Tailored to meet the needs of the older generations, it will sit alongside the development of new homes in Birley to create a vibrant, multi-generational place to live and thrive.”


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Rhian Owen, SCC’s OPIL Service Manager adds,

“This is an exciting new development which will provide modern and accessible independent living for older people with care and support for those who need it.  The communal indoor and outdoor space, café and community hall will provide lots of opportunities for residents to socialise and get involved in different activities with their neighbours, family and friends; to live the life they want to lead. ” 

The OPIL scheme is due for completion in Summer/Autumn 2024 and forms part of a larger masterplan in Birley, which incorporates the approved Sheffield City Council's Newstead General Housing scheme also designed by Peak Architects.


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