Innovative extra care and dementia centre opens its doors

Innovative extra care and dementia centre opens its doors

Work is now complete on one of the UK’s most advanced extra care and dementia centres, which is currently welcoming its first residents into their new homes.

Situated close to Bingley town centre, the 84,000 square foot scheme, known as Fern House, has been developed by The Abbeyfield Society and will be operated by Abbeyfield The Dales, which provides housing, support and care for people in later life across Yorkshire. 

Leeds based Brewster Bye Architects designed the innovative seven-storey building, which was built by Bardsley Construction, with BWA providing cost consultancy services. 

The scheme, which has created approximately 60 new jobs in the local area, as well as plenty of new volunteering opportunities.

The building is made up of 49 one- and two-bedroom extra-care apartments and a residential suite, with 30 bedrooms dedicated to supporting people living with dementia.  

It also offers a multi-storey entrance atrium, restaurant, hair and beauty salon, rooftop lounge with spectacular views across the Aire Valley and landscaped courtyard garden areas. 

It has been built on the site of the former Bingley Hospital and the foundation stones from the original building have been restored and turned into an attractive feature at the entrance to the development.

Established in 1956, the Abbeyfield Society is a charity that provides residential care and support to the elderly.

The organisation has 601 homes and houses in the UK and overseas, in which staff and 4,000 volunteers support 8,000 older people living in a family-like atmosphere.

Jackie Bradfield, chief executive of Abbeyfield The Dales says: “Fern House has set a new benchmark in terms of quality and specification for us. 

“When this is combined with the fact that it’s one of our largest developments with a superb range of facilities, there’s no doubt it will be a fantastic place to live and work and we are confident that it will prove to be a highly valuable asset for the local community as a whole. 

“It’s a real privilege to welcome our new residents, who are currently moving in and enjoying their surroundings, as well as creating so many new jobs within the local area.”

Brewster Bye operates a UK-wide portfolio which includes private and social residential property, commercial buildings in the office and industrial sectors, and community projects for the education, health, community enterprise and arts sectors.

Keith Brewster from Brewster Bye Architects says: “Fern House is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and to see our ideas and designs come to fruition is hugely rewarding. 

“The development has been planned and designed to complement the local streetscape, whilst being extremely functional, modern and light. 

“This has created a wonderful living environment that exceeds anything else in the local area.”