Brighton Place in Washingborough consists of 26 two-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom bungalows which were built by Lindum on behalf of LACE Housing.
The homes were designed for people aged 55 and over and were were named after long-serving Lincolnshire councillor Marion Brighton OBE.
The project helped LACE embrace the challenge of providing much-needed homes that are affordable and designed to support independent living.
The energy-efficient buildings are of a high quality and will stand the test of time, enabling people to remain in the community they already know and love as they get older.
The homes are designed to respond to the needs of residents, not just now but well into the future – offering enhanced services to facilitate independent living at a time when frailty and disability threaten to take that away.
In the same building as the 26 two-bedroom self-contained apartments, there is a fully furnished communal lounge and kitchen, plus communal seating areas throughout to encourage interaction between residents to prevent loneliness and isolation.
There is also a mobility scooter storage room with charging facilities, communal gardens which include a specially designed dementia walkway as well as bird boxes and hedgehog houses.
This development was made possible thanks to a £1.6m grant from the Government’s Homes England as part its Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes programme and is part of the 82 new Lincolnshire homes being created by LACE Housing in 2019.
During construction, the site manager Chris Hammett suggested amending the development’s garden to make it ‘dementia friendly’. Chris went on to research the concept and came up with a specific plan for how it could look.
As a result, the garden now includes a mix of flowers with a range of colours and scents to stimulate the senses of those with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. The garden also hosts bird boxes and hedgehog houses!