The local need.
The number of over 85-year-olds is set to double by 2043 in Britain, while the number of over-65s in Surrey grew by 13% between 2001-2011, with the over-85 population growing by 25% in the same timeframe, creating a need for modern, innovative solutions and accommodation to support the growing local demand.
Benefits to the high street & community.
Our ethos sees the Borough’s growing number of older people remaining active for longer and continuing to live centrally, which benefits their quality of life and addresses key issues that affect older people such as isolation and loneliness. Our approach is supported by leading academic research, in partnership with the University of Bath. Our aim is to reinstate older people to the heart of our communities and in our lives, retaining a key part of the community that is central to Epsom.
Contrary to the perceived norm of care homes, we will create genuinely outwardly facing communities.
What this means is tailoring uses to support older residents to meet and engage with people of all ages, remaining rooted and part of the community. Unlike other forms of housing, where residents typically commute Monday to Friday, our residents and staff remain in the local community 24/7, and therefore provide added benefits to the retail centres.
Supporting the NHS.
In March 2018, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust announced that it would be selling surplus land to Legal & General. Guild Living, in partnership with Legal & General, are now bringing forward plans to deliver an innovative later living community on the site, providing:
• Over £15 million investment released
• Relieved pressure on NHS services
• Transitional care suites
• New accommodation for key hospital workers
• Improved public realm and landscaping
• Improved amenity for workers and visitors
In September, the Government announced that hundreds of millions of pounds in funding is to be made available for the Trust to develop a new major acute hospital, transforming care for local people and creating a sustainable future for hospital services in the area.