Beckenham care home flats are up for top design gong

A social housing development in South-east London has been shortlisted for an architectural award. Hazelhurst Court, in Beckenham Hill Road, Lewisham is a development of 60 new homes from Phoenix Community Housing.

It has been shortlisted in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Awards.

It was completed in November 2017 and designed by architects Levitt Bernstein, contain 60 extra care apartments.

Extra Care Housing is housing designed with the needs of frailer, older people in mind and with varying levels of care and support available on site.

Beryl Goodhew, a resident at Hazelhurst Court, said: “I never expected my new home to be as lovely as it is.

I don’t think they got anything wrong when they built this. It’s so beautiful. My friends have all told me how lucky I am, and how they wish they were moving in, too.”

The new homes were built with funding from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Lewisham council.

Extra care homes at Hazelhurst Court are available for affordable rent through the town hall. Care is provided to residents with an identified care need by Notting Hill Housing.

Irene Craik, Levitt Bernstein director, said: “It’s thrilling that the RIBA has shortlisted Hazelhurst Court as an exemplary new building, particularly as it provides 100 per cent affordable homes for local older people.

A total of 93 buildings across the capital have been shortlisted for the RIBA London Regional
Awards this year. More than 200 projects were entered into the scheme and all shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury.

The winners will be announced Tuesday, May 15.

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