Guild Living Plans For Epsom Hospital Site

Guild Living has announced plans for a vibrant new later living community close to Epsom Hospital, combining a focus on independent, active lives with a beautiful living environment. Before submitting a planning application, Guild Living is holding events across the borough and inviting residents to offer feedback on its proposals. The consultation process is a great opportunity for the local community to get involved.

The consultation will be held over four days:

  • Epsom Market, Epsom Clock Tower, KT19 9EB, Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10am – 3pm
  • Epsom Hospital Car Park, Off Woodcote Road, KT18 7EG, Saturday, 12 October 2019, 10am – 3pm
  • Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 4pm – 6pm
  • Stoneleigh Community Library, 1 The Broadway, Stoneleigh, KT17 2JA, Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

In March 2018, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust announced that it would be selling surplus land, containing derelict buildings not required by the Trust, to Legal & General. The sale unlocked in excess of £15 million, which will be invested back into existing buildings at Epsom Hospital, and will save the Trust money on maintaining and securing the disused structures.

The new community will be designed to enhance the lives and health of its residents, while easing pressure on hospital services. The ground-breaking later living community will be made up of around 200 apartments and include a 24-hour support network. Facilities will include a physiotherapy gym and pool, and consultant rooms for GP surgeries – all of which will be open to the local community. The development will also provide transitional care facilities available to the hospital as and when needed.

Eugene Marchese, Design and Innovation Director at Guild Living, said:

“We are delighted to invite local residents to view our plans to bring an exciting and innovative later living community to Epsom. Our vision is to deliver a significant change to how our older generation live. Our aim is to create a beautiful “age-friendly” environment that is activated by world-leading wellness programmes and activities designed to engage and connect our residents with family, friends and the greater community.

We are committed to ensuring that our proposals are developed in collaboration with the local community and we are looking forward to engaging with those living in the area.

We want to deliver a world-class later living scheme that will have a positive long-term impact on the local area.”

The number of people over 65 in Surrey grew by 13% between 2001 and 2011, while the number of those aged over 85 grew by 25%. Guild Living, a partnership between Legal & General and a team of global experts in design, development and wellness, will deliver a new retirement community in Epsom, meeting the specific housing, health and care needs of the Borough’s ageing demographic.

The proposal for Epsom will be among the first schemes to come from a multimillion-pound vision for investment in the later-living sector – Guild Living plans to deliver over 3,000 new homes across the UK over the next five years.

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Guild Living

Guild Living is a developer and operator of urban later living communities. Guild Living is looking to redefine ageing in UK towns and cities through lifestyle focused communities for the over 65s.

Forecasts indicate that the number of over 85-year olds living in the UK is set to double by 2041 and treble by 2066 – by when there will be a further 8.6 million residents over the age of 65* 

Yet there has been a fundamental failure to address the specific housing, health and care needs of this demographic. Alongside population growth, urbanisation is an increasing global phenomenon. Catering for the growing number of over 65s who currently live in, or want to relocate to, a major UK town or city, the

*The Office for National Statistics August 2018 report says that in mid-2016 there were 1.6m people aged 85 years and over, that by mid-2041 this is projected to double to 3.2m and by 2066 to treble. By 2066 there will be a further 8.6m projected UK residents aged 65 years and over, taking the total number in this group to 20.4m and making up 26% of the total population. This increase in numbers is broadly equivalent to the size of the population of London today.

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