Fox Street Extra Care is new build 5-storey development located in the heart of Eccles town centre, within the setting of the Grade I listed St. Mary’s Church. The £4m development is part funded by the HCA and aims to address the shortfall in suitable housing for the over 55s within the local community.
Offering 24 self contained apartments, along with facilities such as: a laundry room, assisted bathing room and a wellbeing room on the upper residential floors. 4 of the 24 units are 2 bedroom apartments with wheelchair accessibility, with the remainder being 1 bedroom apartments.
The ground floor offers a North to South, open plan restaurant/bistro area. A break-out patio and a walled garden surround this internal space. Internally the open plan area offers the residents various micro seating environments, from light sun-lit open zones to sheltered conservatory spaces.
The Fox Street development is linked to the existing adjacent high-rise tower block, College Croft via a bridge link and lounge at first floor level. The bridge link not only connects the 2 buildings with a communal seating area but it also provides a sharing of facilities between the new block and the existing tower.
The design of the development respects the existing views of St. Mary’s Church. Its sympathetic form offers glimpses of the church tower while glazed ‘cuts’ through the building provide views out to the church yard.