Potters Court, a state-of-the-art extra care scheme currently under construction in Wimpson Lane, Millbrook, is one of 10 UK-wide projects shortlisted for a prestigious Inside Housing Development Award, with the successful recipient due to be revealed this Thursday.
Potters Court features in the category for ‘Best older people’s housing development’, recognising Southampton City Council’s commitment to providing well-designed homes that meet current and future care and support needs as the city’s population ages.
When finished, the £26 million development – which is due to welcome its first residents in 2020 – will offer 98 purpose-built, affordable homes, including 84 extra care apartments for qualified city residents with an assessed care need, plus 15 general needs flats for the over 50s. It will be the largest housing with care facility in Southampton.
Potters Court will lead a move away from the institutional look typically associated with care homes, and instead boast contemporary fixtures and fittings that follow ‘dementia friendly’ guidelines. Residents will be able to live independently in their own homes, while having round-the-clock access to care and support when required.
Among its features, Potters Court will benefit from:
•A design that will assist residents with poor mobility, limited sight and other long-term conditions
•Future-proofed properties that can be adapted as care needs change
•External landscaping and a communal courtyard with wildlife preservation at its heart
•A range of energy-efficiency measures, including solar panels, LED lighting and electrical car charging points
Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: “We are thrilled that Potters Court and the Council have been recognised at a national level for providing much-needed homes for Southampton’s older and disabled residents. We are making excellent progress on site and there is a lot of excitement in the city about what we’re delivering – a contemporary, purpose-built scheme which is focused around meeting residents’ long-term care needs.”