As part of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s £40 million investment in new council homes, Poppy Fields Extra Care scheme was completed by Watson Batty Architects in June 2015.
Appointed by Keepmoat to support the delivery of the project on site, Poppy Fields was the first of two ‘new build’ Extra Care projects to be completed by the group alongside WBA. The former council depot now accommodates a mix of one and two bedroom apartments and houses with communal gardens, and is situated a short walk to Sedgley’s main High Street.
Waveney Meadows in Wollaston, also a former council depot, was due for completion that December. On completion the site would support a residential block providing eight, two bedroom apartments. The proposals featured communal gardens with sensory areas and a public art installation, drawing on the areas industrial past.
These projects were a welcome addition to the practices growing portfolio of Extra Care Housing projects which differ from their other specialist care developments. Designed with the needs of frailer older people in mind the accommodation supports varying levels of care while providing self-contained homes with their own front door and a legal right to occupy the property. Extra Care is a popular choice among older people providing an alternative to a care home while often providing access to communal facilities such as; restaurants and dining rooms, residents lounges, health/fitness suites and hobby rooms.