In February 2017, work commenced to transform Milecastle in Walker with building contractor partner, Engie on behalf of our client, Your Homes Newcastle.
The brief was to deliver a complete refurbishment of the assisted living facility with a modern environment more suited to the needs of residents. The bedsit style accommodation no longer represented the style of accommodation appropriate for a facility of this kind with new one and two-bedroom apartments required.
The 12-month construction schedule supported a number of major changes to the external and internal layout of the building. The exterior façade was uplifted with a new roof and upgrades to the building envelope to elevate the overall look and feel. A new extension was also designed with the dual purpose of providing a new, wider entrance hall to support wheelchair access and provide additional space for a number of new apartments to bring the total number of dwellings to 31.
As well as delivering modern and stylish apartments with a boutique-feel internal specification, internal alterations gave the communal areas a new lease of life to support the interests of residents. The bright and spacious communal area, with lounge and kitchen encourages frequent interaction between residents as well as flexible use for activities. The space opens up on to the newly landscaped external areas for a more outside-in approach designed to encourage residents to treat the gardens as their own.