Extension to Waverley Gardens Extra Care Housing Scheme, Queens Road, Bishopsworth, Bristol
Waverley Gardens was completed in 2009 as a 66 apartment Extra Care housing scheme on the site of the old Redhouse School playing fields.
The existing one and two bedroom apartments are grouped around small courtyards and there are communal facilities at the heart of the scheme, with a restaurant, internet café, hairdresser, lounges, spa, cinema, laundry and employee facilities.
The building was originally designed to accommodate an extension towards the existing Redhouse offices and the existing communal facilities were also designed to have the capacity to cater for the enlarged scheme.
What the residents say:
"We love our flat, we love the freedom we have at Waverley Gardens. Sandra said she became more independent with her daily routine since they moved to Waverley Gardens" - Sandra and Trevor
"I love my flat, the staff are always polite. The main thing is I feel secure now not like in my old place when I felt vulnerable" - Ann
"I have been comfortable ever since I have been here. I feel I can always do what I would like to do and staff will always offer to help me" - Beryl
"My flat is beautiful and there is always lots of room for when my family come to visit. My flat is easy to get around and the staff are marvellous" - Tony
The new proposal will provide 62 additional one and two bedroom apartments. There will be a secondary entrance and car parking for 25 cars, accessed from the existing turning on Heggard Close.
The existing restaurant is very popular and will be extended as part of the new development to accommodate additional tenants.
The building on the Redhouse site is currently vacant. Most recently the building has been used as offices by Bristol City Council but it was also previously a school. The existing building will be demolished as part of the proposals for the extension.
The existing access into the site is along Heggard Close, at the lower end of the road, and there is a turning head at the top of the Close. The new entrance into the site will be off the turning head and the existing access will be closed off. Some new car parking will be provided at this end of the site but the main entrance will remain at the Queens Road entrance to the site.
To the north of the site, the boundary is to the allotments and the rear of properties on Goulston Road.
To the east is Heggard Close and to the south is the recently completed Anton Bantock way.
To the west the boundary is with Waverley Gardens and the existing fence will be removed to allow for the new accommodation to extend the scheme.