Construction wraps on £17m Manchester extra care home

Designed by Pozzoni Architecture, the low-carbon Gorton Mill House has 106 apartments that use renewable heating and hot water systems rather than gas.

Rowlinson Construction built the home for Southway Housing Trust to also have solar panels and vehicle charging points.

The resident demographic was considered when it came to factoring in the renewable heating system, with care taken to ensure the system was both easy to use by and familiar to the residents of the home.

Gorton Mill House has a bistro, activity room, bathing suite, hair and nail salon and communal gardens. It also has a dedicated care term at the building, capable of helping residents 24-hours a day.

Gorton Mill House, Southway Housing Trust, P Pozzoni Architecture

The building includes 106 extra care apartments and a variety of amenities. Credit: via Pozzoni Architecture

Gorton Mill House isn’t made to be an island in Manchester, instead it has been landscaped to have a mixture of public, semi-public and private realm for the nearby community to enjoy.

“Gorton Mill House has created more than 100 high-quality new homes and a supportive environment tailored for older residents, while also providing new community facilities for our neighbours in the surrounding area to enjoy,” said Karen Mitchell, Chief Executive of Southway Housing Trust.

“This scheme was born from a great need and demand for extra care facilities in this area and we are grateful to Pozzoni and our other partners for helping to make our vision of transforming this brownfield site a reality.”

Pozzoni associate Eleanor McCallum echoed praise for the building.

“Gorton Mill House fulfils an important role in the local community, meeting the demand for extra care facilities and creating a wonderful, inviting and flexible environment for older people to live and socialise,” McCallum said.

“It’s also a development that has been designed to meet the needs of the modern world with sustainability at the fore, incorporating innovative low carbon technologies that will be better for the planet and better for residents’ energy bills,” she continued.

Gorton Mill House 3, Southway Housing Trust, P Pozzoni Architecture

The apartments use renewable heating and water systems. Credit: via Pozzoni Architecture

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These apartment buildings are wonderful. So, no more high-rise blocks. Ban high-rises like most European cities do. Make housing human-centered again. Thank you.

By James Yates

I actualy lived on the exact spot and same row from 1981 to 1991 at Bellamy Court. And never dreamed I would be living on same footprint over 30 years later. My wife disability and knowing the area made me want to move back. I’m glad we was accepted. Beautiful place. The noise reduction and insulation is amazing. It’s a lovely building and in my view a cradit to the planners and to the area.


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