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Former Stockport hospital to be given new lease of life as ‘intergenerational community

Based in the ‘Royal George Quarter’ of Town Centre West, the flagship scheme aims to ‘set the bar’ for future developments in the Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) regeneration zone.

The three listed buildings on the site would be restored to provide one and two-bed apartments and two further buildings will house an additional 19 flats, while 13 new-build town houses complete the residential side of the scheme.

The homes will be designed to the Passivhaus gold standard of energy efficient design.

The Academy of Living Well would be a 70 bed intermediate care and dementia facility, replacing and improving on services currently provided elsewhere in the borough, as well as providing additional dementia care capacity.

It will operate an innovative ‘household model’ where residents benefit from modern bedrooms with en-suite facilities leading directly onto an open plan, shared communal space.

The academy will also provide a real life environment for the training and development of Stockport’s health and social care workers.

Council papers claim the ‘pioneering intergenerational approach’ will reduce social isolation and increase independence for older people, while providing learning opportunities for young people and fostering their sense of social responsibility.

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