Replacement Crewe extra care complex signed off

Consent has been granted for a 132-apartment facility at the site of the former Beechmere care home, which was destroyed by fire in August 2019.

Cheshire East’s southern planning committee approved the plans for the Rolls Avenue site, which were put forward by retirement living specialist Avantage, operator of the previous Beechmere facility.

Avantage is working with Your Housing Group to deliver the scheme, and is advised by Juno Planning & Environmental.

Cheshire East has been consulted extensively on replacing the retirement village, with the proposals intended to be an exemplar for how senior living can be delivered.

The split of the development is 20 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom apartments in the market housing category; 16 one-bed and five two-bed in the affordable category; and 54 one-bed and 21 two-bed in the social, affordable or intermediate rent category.

Facilities at the redeveloped Beechmere will include a salon, library and IT suite, fitness suite and landscaped gardens.

The scheme has been designed by Todd Architects, with the professional team also including BWM as civil and structural engineer, Austin Newport Group as QS, Park Hood as landscape architect and Hasco Europe as principal designer.

Andrew Murray, director at Todd Architects, said: “We are passionate about designing innovative elderly care buildings that focus on improving resident experience.

“We have designed Beechmere to primarily be an enabling environment for the residents, supporting their individual care needs and providing lifestyle choice. Beechmere also creates a ‘bridge’ for older people in the surrounding community who will be actively encouraged to participate in events and make use of the facilities.”

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My mum was SO happy living at Beechmere. I’m delighted to know that it is to be rebuilt.

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