February 2024

New Care Home for Littlehampton Completes

Hunters designed Norden House is set to open its doors to residents this month. The 64-bed care home, which offers residential, nursing, and dementia care, boasts sweeping views of the quiet countryside and is located less than a mile away from Climping Beach near Littlehampton.

The design of external facades reflects local traditional cottage homes, with flint, wood, brick and slate, sweeping roofs. These design elements break up the longitudinal elevation creating a series of houses fitting neatly into this West Sussex environment.

Light and airy interiors including shared spaces ooze in natural light. On the grounds, trees have been retained and more planted building a relationship with the building and nature. The homes have views overlooking the landscape. There is a shared allotment for all the residents nestled in the gardens, and each home has its own private garden to enjoy.

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The home’s design and the type of care it offers are innovative and unique, with a focus on making residents feel at home. It features four wings, each with 16 bedrooms, designed over two storeys. The wings are split into two separate households, each with eight “homes”, providing a small family atmosphere that helps reduce stress and improve socialisation among residents. Each household offers spacious en suite bedrooms, communal lounges, dining rooms, reading rooms, a garden lounge, and terraces that overlook the landscaped and secure purpose-designed grounds for residents and their visitors. Additionally, there are well-being facilities, which include a hair salon, holistic therapy room and tearoom.

The home has a fully electric heating system utilising air-source heat pumps to reduce carbon emissions.

Brackley Investments are the developers with Healthcare Management Trust running the facilities.

James Wallace, Director commented ‘Norden House will bring a new community to the area and the key to our design was to create a series of households within the home enabling choice of privacy, friendship or wider resident relationships. The premise has been to create a building which architecturally reflects the local vernacular and provides a peaceful and attractive place to live.’