Appleby Blue Almshouse: A new benchmark for older people’s social housing

United St. Saviour’s Charity is building a new Almshouse in the north of Southwark that will provide modern, independent sheltered housing fit for the 21st century.

Appleby Blue Almshouse will set a new benchmark for the quality of older people’s social housing and services. It has been specifically designed for today’s generation of older people who want to lead an active life in the heart of the inner city. The Almshouse will combine radical design with future-proof assisted living technologies to provide self-contained homes that meet the needs of older residents, including those with emerging health conditions, within a flourishing and caring community. To find out more about becoming a resident at Appleby Blue click here to download our prospectus.

Our ambition is that Appleby Blue Almshouse is not only a collection of beautiful, purpose-built, spacious apartments that our residents enjoy living in, but transforms how society considers and builds sheltered housing for older people. We want Appleby Blue to pioneer a new approach that enables the people that live and work in our Almshouse to be members of a thriving, intergenerational community. With that in mind, we are working closely with Dunhill Medical Trust to develop a research programme with a view to studying the best possible whole-person focused housing for older people, to capture and share best practie across the sector. To find out more about research opportunities, click here.

Every element of the Almshouse has been carefully considered and designed to make Appleby Blue a place where people can spend time, meet with friends and participate in a range of activities that enable both residents and people from the local community to keep fit, healthy and active.

From a purpose-built ‘community kitchen’ to bring people together, to the beautiful courtyard, gardens and multitude of shared community spaces and resources throughout the development, the Almshouse will be a place where residents are firmly at the centre of life around them.

Each of the 57 new homes – 51 one-bedroom flats and 6 two-bedroom flats – is spacious and beautifully designed. 11 of the homes are fully wheelchair accessible. Appleby Blue is ‘care-ready’, offers lifetime homes that promote independence for as long as possible, and allows for residents’ existing and future health and care needs.

United St. Saviour’s Charity will subsidise the cost of living at Appleby Blue, meaning that the amount residents pay towards living at the Almshouse will be genuinely affordable and well within Housing Benefit limits.

Resident-only spaces throughout the Almshouse will sit alongside stunning community areas and gardens to provide both peace and quiet and opportunities to socialise. Specialist staff will be on-site to assist residents to live independently, participate in activities and nurture wellbeing, ensuring Appleby Blue is a place that demonstrates and facilitates the vast and positive contributions that older people can bring to the places and communities within which they live.

We are building Appleby Blue Almshouse in partnership with the developers JTRE. They respect our vision for high quality social housing and are building the Almshouse to fulfil their requirement to provide affordable housing as part of their own development at Triptych, Bankside.

To meet our ambition for a visionary social housing model, we have engaged award-winning London-based architects Witherford Watson Mann, who approach the design of buildings and spaces by imagining how people will experience them.

The Almshouse is being built at 94-116 Southwark Park Road in the heart of Bermondsey. Construction commenced in June 2020 and the first people from Southwark will move into their beautiful new homes in early 2022.

If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to put your name down to live in Appleby Blue Almshouse, please contact our head office on info@ustsc.org.uk or on 020 7089 9014.

For further information and to keep up to date on Appleby Blue’s development, you can download the community app SitePodium on your phone or tablet

Click here to download the Appleby Blue brochure.