Primrose Gardens Extra Care, Chorley

New extra care residential facility as part of Chorley Council’s town masterplan
Chorley Council
6,218 sqm
March 2019
Brewster Bye
Client's Specification


Eric Wright Group is a development partner to Lancashire County Council under the Lancashire Regeneration Property Partnership (LRPP) for the west and south Lancashire areas as part of a 10 year framework.

We are currently working with Chorley Council under the LRPP to design and construct a new 65 apartment Extra Care development in Chorley town centre.

The development will include shared facilities for use by residents and the general public.  These will include a large sprung floor dance, a multipurpose hall complete with changing facilities and a café / restaurant.

It is envisaged that the construction method for the residential areas will be predominantly traditional masonry to aid acoustic performance, thermal mass and energy efficiency.

Communal facilities and atrium areas will be constructed using a steel frame to allow larger open spans. Level access will be provided throughout the whole scheme and extended out into the extensive landscaped garden areas.

Key Challenges

The proposed site is brownfield and has experienced numerous past uses.  A detailed Ground Investigation survey will be undertaken and plans developed to manage the ground conditions.

The site slopes significantly across its width which will require extensive remodelling and remediation, including in situ concrete retaining walls to ensure level access throughout the whole site. The town centre location will restrict vehicle access, requiring careful programming and logistics planning to ensure minimum disruption and safe access.

Surrounding buildings vary in form but are predominantly two storey traditional construction with pitch roofs. Our design team will produce inventive solutions to assimilate the three storey roof space and façade into the area.

Added Value

We will employ our in-house suite of challenging KPIs, with a focus on providing local employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities for residents of the Chorley borough.

Working with the LRPP framework has enabled a truly iterative design process, which is running alongside of open book budget development.

This high level of transparency and coordination will facilitate an early start on site and enable the Council to commence services to the community within a reduced timeframe.

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