New Almshouse – Appleby Blue

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


Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects, Witherford, Watson and Mann, Appleby Blue is a new almshouse run by United St Saviour’s Charity, offering beautiful, spacious homes in a lively community setting to people over 65.

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.

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.

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, offers lifetime homes that promote independence for as long as possible, and allows for residents’ existing and future health and care needs. For more information download our Appleby Blue Brochure.

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.

Appleby Blue ‘The Living Room’Large Community Space

Appleby Blue Residential Hallways

Appleby Blue Residential Roof Garden

If you are interested in finding out more information about Appleby Blue,  please contact our head office on or call 0207 671 1851 to speak to the Appleby Team