Later Living & Care, Accommodation

South Gate Dementia Homes


At South Street Openshaw, we have designed and delivered specialist living accommodation for persons with cognitive behaviour issues together with, and supported by, family housing for One Manchester.

Built on two constrained and contaminated brown field sites, infill Site 1 accommodates the 15 contemporary bungalows for persons with dementia and 12 shared-ownership family houses. Infill Site 2 accommodates 8 family homes for affordable rent.

This project was a new offering by the housing provider and required us to bring our experience of specialist design to the development. We facilitated early engagement workshops with dementia user groups and academics to inform the brief and validate our design.

    We addressed the units for the intended residents suffering from cognitive behavioural issues by designing to HAPPI principles. The units are designed around a secured, shared courtyard with gardens, enabling residents to live independently, whilst using the external space for recreation and stimulation.

    South Street won ‘Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year’ at the Northern Housing Awards and has featured as a Housing LIN Case Study to be used as an example of best practice in specialist housing design.

    This is proof of an Age-Friendly Greater Manchester and for me this is what 21st century housing should be all about. People with dementia, or with complex needs and disabilities are in housing that is putting them at risk, and I think we’ve got to work together, all of us, to address that. When I talk about an Age-Friendly Greater Manchester, this is exactly what I have in mind.

    Andy Burnham Greater Manchester Mayor