Social housing provider the Calico Group has appointed the Liverpool-based architecture firm to design the hospital’s redevelopment into 90 extra care apartments and a community hub.
Aimed at people over the age of 55, the £14m residential scheme would be the first of its kind in Burnley, according to Calico.
The project, unveiled in October, is intended to provide specialist assisted living accommodation “in a neighbourhood setting”, aimed at improving people’s quality of life and reducing social isolation, according to the housebuilder.
Calico is developing the proposals alongside Lancashire County Council, which targets the construction of 1,000 extra care units across the county by 2025.
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Burnley Council are also supporting the redevelopment. The NHS trust transferred ownership of the site to Calico to facilitate the scheme’s delivery.
A planning application for the first phase of work is expected to be submitted early in 2021.
A second development phase would provide further housing for people with specialist needs and Calico is working with its partners to flesh out this part of the proposal, it said.
Wendy Malone, director of development at Calico Homes, said: ”We were particularly impressed by Brock Carmichael’s approach to engagement, and their desire to truly work in partnership with us, our customers and partners. We are confident they will help us ensure the design lives up to our vision for these new homes.”
Michael Cosser, partner at Brock Carmichael, added: “We bring our experience in medical centres, assisting living, regeneration and placemaking to the table, knowing how important this project is both to Calico Homes and the town.
“This will be another example of how we work collaboratively with multidisciplinary, public and private sector teams to ensure the project is delivered to time and budget.”