Mark Henderson

18th November 2015

Architects Design a Sanctuary for Hundreds of People in Yorkshire

The architecture firm that has completed almost 400 homes for the UK’s leading housing and care provider, Sanctuary Group, is celebrating work starting on-site at the last development within the Northern Framework – a scheme to deliver around £30m worth of much needed affordable and older persons homes in the region over the last four years. The framework has been partially funded by the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Brewster Bye Architects, has worked to deliver four schemes in Sheffield and one in Leeds. The architects have just started work on a £5.3million development of 46 homes for the over 55’s on the site of the former Woolley Wood School in Shiregreen near Sheffield.

Mark Henderson, a director at Brewster Bye, says: “It’s a mix of one and two bedroom apartments that will be available for rent, plus there are four one-bedroom apartments with wheelchair access. Shiregreen is a really popular residential area and there is plenty of demand for these types of homes which are close to Meadowhall, so it will benefit the local community greatly. Our design focus was on a contemporary building that would deliver exceptional housing for older people.”

The development is expected to be completed by November 2016. Brewster Bye also delivered Sanctuary’s older persons scheme in Arbourthorne, South Sheffield. The scheme which includes 52 affordable apartments for the over 55’s as well as four energy efficient bungalows for people with mobility difficulties was built on land provided by Sheffield City Council. Mark says: “Our focus here was on creating affordable homes designed specifically for the needs of older people in the city. The new bungalow roofs were planted with slow growing low maintenance Sedum plants which help to absorb rainwater. This has reduced storm water run-off and is environmentally friendly attracting butterflies and bees in the spring and summer – something that really sets the scheme apart.”

In addition Brewster Bye designed Sanctuary’s Newton Grange development on Manchester Road in the heart of the steel community in Stocksbridge. The 55 one and two bedroom apartments for people aged over 55 were completed this June.