The charity is delighted to share the exciting news that expansion plans to maximise housing in the city for local older people has begun.
Contractor Feltham Construction Ltd began preparatory works at the site on Colebrook Street, adjacent to the current Southside almshouses, on 1st March 2021.
Feedback and Contacting us
If you would like to discuss the development or have any feedback to give about the site, please email us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also be organising video call consultations with the public in the near future (date tbc).
The Colebrook Street development will see 15 new almshouses connected directly to the existing city centre almshouse community, comprising a state-of-the-art block of level access apartments, adaptable to the individual needs of the residents to enable older people to live independently for as long as possible.
The new almshouses will be integrated with the existing Southside almshouses and will sit in a landscaped garden. The development will bring the added benefit of the reformation of a character building, namely 108 Colebrook Street, which will be re-purposed into two flats and a maisonette suitable for older people. Within this listed building, there will also be a beauty salon, assisted bathroom, and a treatment room.
Who is Eligible?
St John’s Winchester currently offers almshouse accommodation to local people aged sixty plus across four sites in Winchester (St John’s North, St John’s South, St John’s Mary Magdalen, and Christes Hospital).
The new development is specially designed for local older people. Priority for the units will be given to individuals over the age of sixty with a connection to the Winchester district and who are in financial and social need. You can read more about our almshouse admissions criteria here.
Although residents live independently, the charity provides a team of qualified, highly trained welfare staff who provide support. In addition, there is an in-house maintenance team to assist with building maintenance. Twenty four hour emergency assistance is available, giving residents peace of mind by knowing that help is at hand if they need it.
Meet the Development Team
We would like to thank all members of the St John’s Winchester design team, including Rockliffe⋮Williams Architects, Selway Joyce Ltd, SFK Consulting LLP, Chris Reading Associates, Strata Design, Wessex Archaeology, Middlemarch Environmental Ltd, Hall & Ensom Ltd and Goddard Consulting LLP.
We are looking forward to the construction of this valuable contribution to the community of Winchester.
We are at an exciting stage of the charity’s development. We have much work to do and are considering plans to expand further the accommodation and community support we offer. We are delighted to be working with talented architects and contractors to expand housing opportunities for older people in the city.Roger Bright, Chair of Trustees
The Colebrook Street site will allow the St John’s almshouse community to endure and flourish in the city within a modern setting, with occupiers of the new units having the benefit of integration into our existing community and direct access to our wonderful city centre. We are mindful of the impact of the construction works on the local community and will do all we reasonably can to minimise that impact.Clive Cook, Chief Executive
Images of the Proposed Development
Image credits: Strata Design Ltd