Architect Starts Work On UK’s First LGBT+ Extra-Care Housing
Brewster Bye Architects has been appointed to design the UK’s first purpose-built LGBT+ extra care housing for old people. The architect is part of a team with Anchor Hanover Group which has been named preferred bidder by Manchester council.
The scheme will include more than 100 apartments for people aged 55 or over, with a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership tenures, to ensure the homes are as accessible as possible to Manchester people, said the council.
The Russell Road housing, planned for a former hospital site in Whalley Range, south Manchester, is also the first LGBT+ older person’s housing project to have been co-produced with the LGBT Foundation and the local community.
The competitive process required bidders to demonstrate their experience in delivering similar projects across England, with Hanover pointing to its New Larchwood LGBT+ inclusive retirement housing scheme in Brighton.
Manchester’s scheme was first agreed by the council’s executive in 2017. Since then it has been working with the LGBT Foundation to develop the core principles of the scheme, how it should operate and what care should be available onsite to support LGBT+ people as they get older.
Homes England has given the LGBT Foundation funding to create an online “learning journal” about the history of the Manchester scheme, to help other councils and cities develop similar schemes. Designs for the Russell Road LGBT+ Extra Care will now be developed in collaboration with a community steering group made up of councillors, residents and members of the LGBT community.