Guild Living’s mission is to reinstate older people at the heart of our lives and communities. In partnership with Legal & General, we have recently acquired a site close to Epsom Hospital. This new Guild Living community will enable active, independent lives, with residents secure in the knowledge that their wellbeing and long-term needs are catered for.
Guild Living’s proposal for Epsom is to deliver a residential (extra-care) development, including commercial and leisure uses, which tackle some of the critical issues older people face. By designing outward-facing schemes that mix housing with healthcare and leisure facilities, we can actively tackle loneliness, isolation and improve wellbeing. Crucially, everything Guild Living does – from the selection of sites, the design of buildings, to the care and wellbeing regimes – is underpinned by academic research. The research is being led by visiting University of Bath Professor Malcolm Johnson, who recently featured on Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning series ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds‘, and will underpin the way Guild Living cares for people, shaping technology, architecture and operations.
Eugene Marchese, Founder at Guild Living, said: “If approved, we look forward to bringing new homes and new facilities to the area. Although we’re building urban retirement communities, property is merely a byproduct of what we’re trying to do – which is improve people’s lives. With an ageing population and a growing social care crisis, we have an opportunity to embrace radical change – not just in housing or care – but in how we treat older people.”
Michael Eggington, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Guild Living, said: “With increasing pressure on the NHS and housing stock, developments of this kind are vital to support communities in a long-term and sustainable way. With planning permission, we hope to lead the way in later living developments across the nation, which has up until now been a neglected sector.”
Guild Living is also proposing a later living site in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey and Bath. The uniqueness of Guild Living compared to regular developers, is that we will be the long-term operator of the development. That is why we want to engage with all elements of the Council and community.