Willow Brook Extra Care Housing was developed as part of Sunderland City Council’s policy to provide more specialist accommodation for their growing elderly population. Built on the site of a former Miners Welfare Institute building which had been an important part of the community before it’s conversion into a nightclub and restaurant, the new building provides a dramatic and contemporary replacement for the old whilst making maximum use of the site area.
The development comprises 79 general needs apartments providing a mix of both 1bedroom and 2 bedroom properties with a range of communal facilities, open to both residents and members of the local community. The communal areas include lounge and dining facilities, hair salon and a treatment room for a range of visiting therapists, all designed to have a fresh, contemporary feel. The communal lounge and dining area open onto a predominantly south west facing garden which incorporates a seating terrace, pergola to provide partially shaded outdoor eating area, meandering paths and plethora of plant types providing a mix of colour and aromas.
The scheme was designed for the Riverside Group and was constructed by Galliford Try ,now Vistry Partnerships.