Guild Living has announced plans for a vibrant new later living community close to Epsom Hospital, combining a focus on independent, active lives with a beautiful living environment. Before submitting a planning application, Guild Living is holding events across the borough and inviting residents to offer feedback on its proposals. The consultation process is a great opportunity for the local community to get involved.
The consultation will be held over four days:
• Epsom Market, Epsom Clock Tower, KT19 9EB
Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10am – 3pm
• Epsom Hospital Car Park, Off Woodcote Road, KT18 7EG
Saturday, 12 October 2019, 10am – 3pm
• Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 4pm – 6pm
• Stoneleigh Community Library, 1 The Broadway, Stoneleigh, KT17 2JA
Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
In March 2018, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust announced that it would be selling surplus land, containing derelict buildings not required by the Trust, to Legal & General. The sale unlocked in excess of £15 million, which will be invested back into existing buildings at Epsom Hospital, and will save the Trust money on maintaining and securing the disused structures.
The new community will be designed to enhance the lives and health of its residents, while easing pressure on hospital services. The ground-breaking later living community will be made up of around 200 apartments and include a 24-hour support network. Facilities will include a physiotherapy gym and pool, and consultant rooms for GP surgeries – all of which will be open to the local community. The development will also provide transitional care facilities available to the hospital as and when needed.
Eugene Marchese, Design and Innovation Director at Guild Living, said:
“We are delighted to invite local residents to view our plans to bring an exciting and innovative later living community to Epsom. Our vision is to deliver a significant change to how our older generation live. Our aim is to create a beautiful “age-friendly” environment that is activated by world-leading wellness programmes and activities designed to engage and connect our residents with family, friends and the greater community.
We are committed to ensuring that our proposals are developed in collaboration with the local community and we are looking forward to engaging with those living in the area.
We want to deliver a world-class later living scheme that will have a positive long-term impact on the local area.”
The number of people over 65 in Surrey grew by 13% between 2001 and 2011, while the number of those aged over 85 grew by 25%. Guild Living, a partnership between Legal & General and a team of global experts in design, development and wellness, will deliver a new retirement community in Epsom, meeting the specific housing, health and care needs of the Borough’s ageing demographic.
The proposal for Epsom will be among the first schemes to come from a multimillion-pound vision for investment in the later-living sector – Guild Living plans to deliver over 3,000 new homes across the UK over the next five years.