£4.4 million housing with care development opens its doors to community

Saunders Boston Architects is celebrating the official opening of its latest housing with care development; Brighton Place, a £4.4 million project in Washingborough, Lincolnshire. Named in memory of former local Council Leader, Marion Brighton OBE, Saunders Boston Architects’ design sees 26 new two-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom bungalows open to the local community of over-55s.

The mixed tenure housing with care development, a specialty sector for the practice, contains fully furnished communal areas to encourage a community feel, alongside state of the art spacious two bedroom apartments with fully fitted kitchens, ample storage, wheelchair accessible en-suite bathrooms and electric central heating. Saunders Boston Architects worked alongside LACE Housing to develop the project; both companies share an aligned goal of providing quality of life through quality housing.

Darren Heffer, Director at Saunders Boston Architects, said: “Officially opening our projects to the community is always the most exciting part of the project, and it’s an honour for it to be named in memory of a figure who dedicated her life to serving the local community – we hope the development can continue to do the same.”

Brighton Place is the first of two such developments, designed by Saunders Boston Architects for LACE Housing, being completed in 2019 – a similar scheme in Nettleham is due for completion in October.

Nick Chambers, Chief Executive at LACE Housing, said: “With an ever-increasing ageing population it is essential that we do all we can to embrace the challenge of providing much-needed homes that are affordable and designed to support independent living.

“The homes are designed to respond to the needs of residents, not just now but well into the future – offering enhanced services to facilitate independent living at a time when frailty and disability threaten to take that away.”

Saunders Boston Architects worked alongside local builder Lindum Construction, award-winning interior design company Stanbridge Interiors, and project management consultancy, Thornton Firkin, to deliver the development. Brighton Place was funded by a £1.6 million grant from Homes England as part of its Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes programme.

Managing Director of Lindum Construction, Simon Gregory, said: “We are very pleased to celebrate the successful completion of Brighton Place. These homes have been designed with over 55s in mind, allowing people to remain part of the Washingborough community for longer.”