Surrey retirement village opens £10.5m nursing care centre


A £10.5m nursing care centre for older people has opened at Whiteley Homes Trust’s Whiteley Village retirement community in Walton on Thames, Surrey.

The 30-suite Eliza Palmer Hub, which was designed by Levitt Bernstein and Francis Roberts Architects, and constructed by Castleoak, was funded by the Unity Trust Bank and Triodos Bank.

Irene Craik, Director at Levitt Bernstein, said: “The Eliza Palmer Hub demonstrates the importance of putting people at the heart of the home; and the home at the heart of the community. We are proud to have helped deliver the Trust’s unique vision, designing the next generation of facilities and homes for Whiteley Village that are fit for the next 100 years, knowing they will make a real difference to the quality of life of the residents.”

Positioned at the heart of the village, the octagonal building features the conservatory-style Lantern Café which serves as a social hub for all residents, as well as a hair salon, therapy and consulting rooms and 30 studios for residents needing higher levels of support.

Each floor of the two-storey building features a central, communal open plan kitchen and living area with adjacent bedrooms designed to enable a sense of connection within the nursing home.

Chandra McGowan, Chief Executive, The Whiteley Homes Trust, said: “Our ethos is that life is for living so that, even if your health or mobility is restricted, it doesn’t mean you can’t engage with the normal rhythms of the day going on around you.  Just as the kitchen is the heart of every home, the design makes interaction around food as easy and normal as possible.”

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