Designs drawn up by a Belfast architectural practice to replace a care home destroyed by fire last summer has been recommended for planning by Cheshire East council.
The new Beechmere Extra Care facility, designed by Todd Architects, will be built at the same site in Crewe and will feature a total of 132 apartments.
Altogether, the scheme will comprise two-bedroom apartments, a restaurant, village hall, lounge, winter garden, fitness suite, activity room, IT room and library, and a hairdressing salon.
The Cheshire scheme will also feature various support services that will be available to residents.
The apartments are mixed-tenure, with the bulk allocated for affordable housing for rent.
The design for the new complex will see a three-storey, H-shaped building built with a four-storey atrium connecting the two wings.
Various activity centres will fork off from the atrium, including the library, lounge, village hall, and craft room.
There will also be a cafe area connected to the south-facing restaurant, which has its own terrace and outdoor eating area.
Nearly 150 residents were affected by the fire that broke out in August 2019.
Investigations into the cause of the fire concluded that it began on a roof terrace area of the property.
Main image: Artist’s impression of the new Beechmere Extra Care facility in Cheshire. Credit: Todd Architects
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