Campbell Place, Fleet
The site lies off Reading Road North, a short walk from Fleet town centre, and has been empty since 2008.
Campbell Place was originally part of a 19th century allotment site, and borders onto The Meadow parkland. The proximity to the town centre, and nearby amenities means the site is ideal for an extra care housing scheme, creating a 'hub' for older people in Hart to foster community cohesion, including residents of our other sheltered schemes there.
Planning permission was approved in June 2009 for a complex of 74 apartments with generous communal space, and the project started on site in October 2009.
Most of the homes are two bedroom apartments to attract older 'downsizers' who want to move out of a family home, but also want relatives or carers to stay over occasionally.
Combining housing and social care in a specialist operation means the versatile communal amenities have been tailored for the client group, with sensory gardens, library, restaurant, two lifts, laundry room and colour coding to assist those with dementia or sight problems.
More familiar features like CCTV, entry phone system, landscaping and parking spaces are included, and the scheme will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Secure By Design accreditation, and BREEAM standards - including solar thermal roof panels.
Community improvements including pathway and improved crossing work in the vicinity of the development and improvements to the nearby Calthorpe Park, will be supported by Sentinel's £130,000 S106 contribution.
The project is on-site until October 2011, and is being built by Mansell PLC, who were selected for their expertise in extra care and good reputation as a considerate contractor.
Other than design features, this building will be home to a home carer team to provide 24-hour personal and household care for the residents.
1 bed apartments are expected to be around £90 a week, and two bed apartments around £105 a week, excluding service charges. Sentinel's Home Care packages start at £13 a week.