Storrington Heys, Redevelopment, Croxteth, Liverpool
consultation using the various methods developed by the practice a new
elderly persons village was designed and built. 5 tower blocks were
demolished. The new village was the result of detailed analysis of
demographic trends. It had to achieve Lifetime Homes and ECO Homes
Standards . Contract value £15.5m.
From the outset it was clear that the tenant
group consisted of a stable population. One of their strengths was that
neighbour relationships were well established and many people had been
in occupation of the tower blocks for 20-30 years. The majority of the
tenants were elderly. Many required special adaptations to meet the
needs of age related ailments and frailties. The financial options
clearly indicated that redevelopment was preferable to refurbishment in
this case. To many tenants this was an anathema.
Following a process of
Planning for Real, Design Games, site visits, topic
forums and home visits a majority of the tenants attended a Final
Exhibition on the options. The overwhelming response was in favour of
redevelopment. Home visits
followed to those who had been too frail to attend the exhibitions.
The community consultation reports together with demographic projections
for Liverpool were incorporated with the financial option appraisal and
submitted to the Department of Environment. This was successful and the
project was completed in 2003.