Planning permission has been granted for a new care home at LifeCare Residences’ existing Grade I listed Grove Place retirement village in Hampshire.
The PRP-designed scheme will comprise 30 specialist nursing and dementia bedrooms and 20 close care apartments, along with communal facilities and landscaped gardens.
Independent apartments on the upper floors will be complemented by a wing of self-contained nursing and dementia suites on the ground floor, each with access to private patios and communal facilities such as a café, lounges, and spa bathrooms.
The great house at Grove Place was commissioned in 1561 and purchased by King Charles 1 in 1630. In more recent times, it was established as Northcliffe School in 1961, later to become the Atherley School until 2006. Referred to by Hampshire County Council as 'Hampshire's Treasure', Grove Place offers purpose-built apartments and bungalows set in 27 acres of grounds.
Paul Harries, executive chairman of LifeCare Residences, said: “At LifeCare Residences we recognise the importance of reinvesting in our portfolio of integrated retirement communities. Not only does this ethos result in a higher quality of life, it helps residents to thrive and our communities to flourish. The addition of a nursing home and close care apartments complements our award-winning lifestyle offering at Grove Place. As well as providing a valuable asset for the local population, it also gives the reassurance of care, should it ever be required, for the residents that call Grove Place ‘home’.”
Jenny Buterchi, partner at PRP, said: “Grove Place is such a special place, a beautiful retirement village in Hampshire steeped in history with a Grade I building at its heart. The proposed development will sensitively add to the historic setting with a stunning yet sympathetic contextual design. The expansion of Grove Place will provide some fantastic new amenities for both the existing and future residents whilst creating a more sustainable Integrated Retirement Community able to provide the full continuum of care needs for its residents.“