Grants Hill Court retirement scheme wins innovation award

Grants Hill Court winner of a House Design Award.

Grants Hill Court retirement living scheme in Uckfield has won an innovation award at the national Housing Design Awards.

Wealden Council’s flagship development was opened a year ago and provides 65 apartments and two cottages for social rent.

It cost £11 million and was designed to provide independent living for those aged over 60 and to ensure their mobility needs are met.

Virtual ceremony

The award was announced by Jeremy Porteus, chief executive of Housing Learning Network, in a virtual ceremony published in a series of YouTube videos.

He described how the accommodation was built on land that was once the site of Grants Hill House where Lord Lucan was last seen while thought to be en route to Newhaven.

The house was demolished in 1980, with a sheltered housing block built, and then replaced with the current Grants Hill Court.

House prices

Mr Porteus said house prices in Uckfield – with its railway station connecting to London Bridge and city salaries – were way beyond the reach of locals and seven years ago Wealden Council began building council houses for rent.

Grants Hill Court was their second completed project and it has a grandstand view of Uckfield Bowling Club ground.

The aim was to offer independent living in an enabling environment to encourage local people to ‘right size’ with care in place when needed.

Mr Porteus said the brief by architects PRP was especially popular with the planning committee which wanted it minuted that members saw the scheme as “a jewel in the crown of Uckfield”.

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