Salford Extra Care

Bourke Gardens Extra Care complex

Vulnerable residents in Salford are now enjoying state-of-the-art modern living after the completion of a purpose built extra care facility.

The £6.8 million Bourke Gardens scheme in Walkden has been designed by John McCall Architects for social landlord City West Housing Trust, part of the ForViva group.

The three-storey complex comprises of 56 modern, open plan one and two-bedroom apartments.

There are 44 one-bed apartments (four of which are designed specifically for wheelchair access for Salford City Council allocations) for two people and 12 are 2-bed apartments for three people.

A large lounge and dining area provides views onto tranquil communal landscaped gardens featuring a mixture of new planting and retained mature trees.

Entrances have been designed to create an attractive homely feel and sense of identity for residents through the rich use of materials, colours and textures.

The scheme is accessed by an internal and external ‘street’ giving residents easy access to nearby town centre facilities and improved surveillance from the reception and staff offices.

The extra care scheme has a range of useful on-site amenities including a hairdressing salon, consultation suite, restaurant and an assisted bathing facility.

Associate at John McCall Architects, Joanne Mountfield, said: “Bourke Gardens is an example of modern day extra care at its very best with facilities tailor made to meet vulnerable residents’ specific needs.

“Residents will benefit and enjoy living in apartments that have been designed to the highest standards making them warm, light, secure and comfortable.

“Each has a private external space – balconies to the upper floors and patios at ground level with privacy hedge screening.

“In addition to their apartments, communal areas have been created to foster a community spirit and offer all year round views of the carefully landscaped grounds.

“A range of facilities are available onsite and the location is superb, offering easy access to local amenities and transport.”

Nigel Sedman, Director of Investment and Regeneration at ForViva, said: “It is vital that we are able to bring forward schemes like Bourke Gardens that allow people to access the care they need while still living independently in their own homes and communities.

“Developments such as this bridge the gap between health, social care and housing services, allowing people to enjoy a good quality of life for longer.”

The complex also provides parking spaces for 28 cars, eight scooters and six bikes.

John McCall Architects’ designs received a BREEAM ‘very good’ certificate.

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