Having operated in nearby Preston for many years, we were aware of the need for high quality single person apartments to support people coming out of long stay hospitals in Blackpool and surrounding areas.
The team identified a development of 10 apartments in three blocks that was coming onto the market for general needs housing. This seemed too good an opportunity to miss, and after engaging with the local commissioners (who really supported us in this venture), we worked with one of our housing association partners to redevelop the site to meet the more bespoke needs of those we support.
Within the design we were able to incorporate an activity space with communal kitchen as well as offices for the area team and a large courtyard area.
Since opening, the scheme has gone from strength to strength with all sorts of activities and events to support local charities and engage those we support in local activities. The site was filled in 15 weeks, and a second house has now opened nearby to support the growing demand for our approach to support.