Residents celebrate new look Abbey Lodge in Lenton Abbey

Residents, staff and special guests joined leading affordable housing provider Stonewater at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to mark the official opening of the newly refurbished and extended Abbey Lodge retirement living project for the over 55s in Nottingham. The smart new Stonewater scheme in Charles Avenue, Lenton Abbey has been shortlisted for a prestigious International Design Excellence Award for Healthcare Design.

The newly formed two-storey 88-apartment complex integrates two neighbouring 1980s sheltered residences into one retirement living community which has been purpose-designed to enable long-term independent living. The £700,000 stylish remodelling brings the two separate buildings together via a new link building creating a vibrant, open and comfortable accommodation scheme with a welcoming and ‘homey’ feel to it.

Stonewater has transformed tired and outdated bedsits into stylish and energy-efficient one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments with four bungalows set within attractively landscaped grounds. Large nostalgic prints of Nottingham street scenes from the 1960s feature along hallways and digital walls have been installed to help aid wayfinding for the vision impaired. Abbey Lodge’s ground floor communal facilities include a bright and airy main lounge and social area, two cosy sitting-rooms and kitchen and laundry facilities. The complex also provides a twin and a single bedroom for guests.

"Housing and services for older people form an integral part of Stonewater’s vision and business plan. We want to build brighter futures for our customers by creating attractive, comfortable and affordable places for them to live which positively enhance their lives and enable long-term independent living,” said Stonewater Chair, George Blunden. “Abbey Lodge has undergone a significant remodelling scheme and we’re delighted with the final result which demonstrates what intelligent design, creativity and great partnership working can achieve. We hope our residents will enjoy and benefit from their new and improved retirement living accommodation for many years to come.”

Stonewater’s project delivery team included architectural consultants Arcus, Drawing Room Interiors and regional contractors George Hurst & Sons Ltd.

This is the sixth scheme completed as part of Stonewater’s refurbishment plan for its Retirement Living portfolio. Stonewater operates around 3,000 homes for older people across the country, housing nearly 4,500 residents aged over 60.