In addition to the extra care flats, several facilities are provided on the ground floor for use by the wider community of older people. These include restaurant, hairdresser, chiropodist, coffee bar and a shop. Also incorporated in the building is a Healthy Living Centre run by the Primary Care Trust and a care link office to receive calls from older people using alarm equipment.
This is the first building to be developed in a ‘tall buildings corridor’ in line with a new city planning policy that has been applauded by the Government as a good example of progressive planning.
Green issues have been given keen consideration, and a combined heat and power plant has been incorporated, which serves not only this building, but also 148 flats in two adjacent buildings.