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 have worked with Chorley Council to design and construct a new 65 apartment Extra Care development in Chorley town centre.

The development includes shared facilities for use of residents and the general public, for example a large sprung dance floor, multipurpose hall complete with changing facilities and a café / restaurant.

Communal facilities and atrium areas have been constructed using a steel frame to allow larger open spans.

Level access has been provided throughout the whole scheme and extended out into the extensive landscaped garden areas.


A screwdriver and a wrench. Vector icons for video, mobile apps, Web sites and print projects.   212 apprentice weeks employed                     00_education   7 career workshops                   00_community   140 community support hours                waste-recycled   99.98% waste recycled

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Key Challenges

The site was brownfield and has experienced numerous past uses.  A detailed Ground Investigation survey was undertaken and plans were made to manage the ground conditions.

The site sloped significantly across its width which required extensive remodelling and remediation, including insitu concrete retaining walls to ensure level access throughout the whole site.


The town centre location restricted vehicle access, requiring careful programming and logistics planning to ensure minimum disruption and safe access.

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

Added Value

We employed our in-house suite of challenging KPIs, and focused 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 ran alongside an open book budget development.

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

““What is important is that the scheme will not only provide much-needed affordable accommodation for older people in the town who may need extra care and support later in life, it will also bring residential areas back into the town centre which is part of our town centre masterplan. And it will also generate much-needed income for the council which is vital with the cuts in central government funding that can be spent on providing services to our residents.””
Councillor Alistair Bradley
Chorley Council

““I’m delighted that work is now starting on this major scheme which will be called Primrose Gardens and will provide purpose-built accommodation to support our older residents when they need it most. “It is an innovative 65-bed scheme which will offer care and support to residents available 24/7 if needed, provide a community hub and also a sprung dance floor which will ensure two local dance schools can remain in the town centre.””
Councillor Graham Dunn
Chorley Council

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