Older people’s care at heart of new proposals

An artist's impression of Abbeyfield's proposed Alnwick hub, subject to further consultation and planning permission.
An artist's impression of Abbeyfield's proposed Alnwick hub, subject to further consultation and planning permission.

The latest plans for a ‘ground-breaking, phased development in older people’s care in north Northumberland’ have been unveiled.

A public consultation on Abbeyfield’s proposals for its Alnwick site took place yesterday, ahead of the submission of a full planning application, which is scheduled for the start of next month.

The proposed scheme is designed to take into account the needs of current residents in Alnwick and the future requirements of the area’s growing over-65 population.

It would see the existing Abbeyfield House and Ravenslaw House, on South Road, replaced with a major three-storey development featuring 60 units.

The hybrid approach would feature 28 Extra-Care flats for independent living – 16 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom – alongside 32 care suites, with a focus on supporting people with dementia.

There would be a wealth of facilities such as a hairdresser, treatment room, cafés, allotments and a sensory garden, while the emphasis would be on ensuring a sense of community.

From an architectural point-of-view, the focus was on creating something that didn’t feel insitutional, with open spaces and plenty of light.