72 Bed Elderly and Nursing Care Home, Bedford

Care Village comprising 72 bed nursing and residential elderly care home together with 45 extra care apartments for Bedford Citizens Housing Association

Created by NorthStar for Bedford Citizen’s Housing Association, the village comprises a 72-bed nursing and residential care home, a large community clubhouse, and an extra care facility of 45 independent apartments.  The care home replaced an existing 64 bed care home which was previously on the site.

The design of the care village ensures green and intelligent housing in a location close to local facilities and NHS services. The style of the new buildings is sympathetic to the area, and reflects, in a modern way, the materials and style of the adjacent Conservation Area buildings. Our challenge was to improve the street frontage looking onto a conservation area, and make the village fit into an existing footprint. This design not only works with the architecture in the area, but also addresses the previous unsatisfactory relationship of the previous building and it grounds and access arrangements.