First look at new retirement homes at the heart of Brabazon

23RD MAY 2023

YTL Developments has submitted a planning application to construct 239 one and two-bedroom retirement homes at Brabazon. Specifically designed for later living, the new community will provide residents with an exceptional living experience and a place to enjoy the best that life has to offer.

The design, from the renowned architects at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, follows the popular design style of The Hangar District and draws inspiration from historic "mansion houses" that foster community growth around shared facilities.

The retirement homes from Plaza View
Computer generated image of the red brick exteriors of the retirement homes at Brabazon in Bristol

The retirement homes will be surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, offering residents the opportunity to relax and enjoy nature; a meadow designed to encourage wildlife; and a peaceful roof garden will provide pleasant spaces for walks and basking in the sunshine.

Inside the homes, there will be communal areas that include a comfortable lounge for games and socialising, a restaurant and bar as a social hub, and a library and wellbeing suite with spa facilities and activity rooms.

To promote social bonds and a sense of community, there will be a diverse range of events, including games of boules and outdoor yoga on the lawns.

The Continuing Care Retirement Community will provide flexible on-site support 24/7 from a highly-trained care team registered with and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Residents will have the ability to tailor their level of care to meet their specific needs.

The design adheres to the principles outlined by the Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) and incorporates fully-integrated call points and assistance buttons for added peace of mind.

The landscaped residents' courtyard garden
Computer generated image of people enjoying the landscaped courtyard at the retirement community at Brabazon

Sebastian Loyn, Planning and Development Director, YTL Developments said:

“The changing needs of our ageing society mean that there is increasing demand for specialist housing and care. These homes are designed to enable residents to be more active, more social and more independent in their retirement years. These new properties are part of our commitment to making Brabazon a diverse and inclusive community where young and old alike will love to live.“

Rachel Sayers, Partner at FCB Studios said:

“The driving aspiration behind our design for the later living properties at Brabazon was to bring the whole community together, creating homes that are both practical and a pleasure to live in.

“This landscape-led proposal features mansion blocks arranged around a central, communal garden and is designed to sit within a wider context of new parks and green spaces that are a feature of the new neighbourhood at Brabazon.

The proposal has communal facilities - a restaurant, and wellbeing suite - that strike a balance between fostering a community and facilitating independent living, while the sustainability principles baked into the design should reduce energy minimising running costs for those on a defined income, as well as helping to address the climate crisis.”

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