Grand designs for Independent Living

Grand designs for Independent Living

An exciting new project to redevelop and refurbish the Council’s Independent Living Centres, beginning with Larwood House in Worksop, will begin this summer.

Independent Living Centres are a collection of self-contained apartments and flats that specifically cater for older residents who wish to live in a community setting.

Last year, the Council successfully opened Priory Court in Worksop and is about to embark on a refurbishment project that will bring all of its Independent Living Centres up to a similar standard.

The £3 million Larwood project will be led by specialist design and build company Fortem, who were appointed through the EEM Procurement Framework. 

Larwood House is currently made up of 32 bedsits and a number of communal rooms and shared facilities. This project will transform the building into a collection of bright, modern, attractive and welcoming homes that will enhance communal living and social interaction.

New features will include: 18 self-contained one-bedroomed apartments with fully-accessible wet rooms and either a private patio or Juliet balcony; Communal Spaces including a Lounge, Kitchen and accessible landscaped Gardens, a store for Personal Mobility Scooters, a Drying Room and a Treatment Room for visiting mobile hairdressers.

The renovation will also include a new entrance hall with canopies, two extensions to provide increased floor space, a new garden room and external cladding and rendering to give the building a more contemporary look and feel.

Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “This is another exciting project that will improve the lives of our older tenants.

“We are all extremely proud of the standard of living that we are able to offer residents at Priory Court and the state of the art facilities that are provided there. It is our ambition to set this standard across all of our Independent Living Centres so that we can offer older tenants with safe, comfortable and modern homes in a community setting.” 

James Taylor, Contracts Manager at Fortem added: “We are delighted to be working alongside Bassetlaw District Council on the modernisation of Larwood House. The designs have been focused on providing sustainable, high quality accommodation by modernising an existing building and we can’t wait to welcome residents back to their new homes.  We are committed to ensuring the project provides opportunities for local companies as well as providing work experience placements and also allowing us to support local community schemes.”

All existing residents will be assisted to move into the Council’s other Independent Living Centres or alternative accommodation while the work is taking place. They will also be offered the opportunity to return to Larwood House when the renovation is complete.

Work is expected to begin this summer and is anticipated to take between 12 to 15 months to complete.

The Council’s remaining Independent Living Schemes in Harworth and Bircotes, Retford and Misterton, will be refurbished within the following timescales;

  • Westmorland House, Bircotes – 2022/23 to 2024/25
  • Conway Gardens, Retford – 2024/25 to 2025/26
  • Swallow Court, Misterton – 2026/27 to 2027/28

Last Updated on Monday, April 12, 2021