It's unlike any other later living option currently in the market.
Professor Malcolm Johnson, Bath University
I’m really passionate about how we change people's lives.
Phil Bayliss, Legal & General
Our ambition in Epsom is to push the boundaries in quality and design.
Michael Eggington, Guild Living
We're changing the way older people will spend the third part of life.
Eugene Marchese, Guild Living
Guild Living at Epsom.
Guild Living is bringing forward plans for a unique later living community close to Epsom Hospital. Our mission is to reinstate older people at the heart of our lives and communities.
This new Guild Living community will enable active, independent lives, with our residents secure in the knowledge that their wellbeing and long-term needs are catered for.
We aim to make a real impact on the way people age, stepping out of the mould of traditional retirement operators and developers. Our communities are set in vibrant, town-centre environments – and after development, we stay on as the operator, contributing to the local community and providing high-quality facilities for public use.
Our communities combine high-quality, purpose-built design with ground-breaking wellness programmes and activities, supporting happy and healthy ageing.
Members of a Guild Living community will be able to live independently, with flexible and supportive assistance available if and when needed.
The Local Need.
Supporting local health services.
The new community will be designed to enhance the lives and health of its residents, while easing pressure on local hospital services. The ground-breaking later living community will be made up of a mixture of residential apartments and suites offering higher levels of assistance, including a 24-hour support network. Facilities will include a physiotherapy gym, children’s nursery and Wellness Centre – all of which will be open to the local community. The development will also provide transitional facilities available to nearby Epsom Hospital, as and when needed.
Enabling independent living.
Quality apartments with flexible open-plan interior layouts will offer secure, assisted-living environments. Our self-contained apartments will be available for purchase or rent, targeted at downsizers who want to maintain independence whilst benefiting from individually-tailored support services.
Communal and community spaces.
A communal café, restaurant, and retail amenities will be included to encourage social interaction with friends and family. These facilities will also all be open to the wider community, to create a truly intergenerational environment.
NHS cost fall for older people in retirement villages and age-appropriate housing (PHE)
older people do not have access to the care and support that they need. (Age UK)
of total spending for households in the 65-74 year-old age group is on recreation and culture (ONS)
Listening to residents.
We are currently making changes to our plans in response to feedback from local residents and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. We want to work with the local community to develop a scheme that enjoys local support and are looking at making the following amendments:
- Reducing the overall height of the buildings.
- Setting back the proposed buildings along Woodcote Green Road and reducing the height.
- Reducing the number of homes by 42.
- Enhancing the landscaping and public realm.
- Planting over 100 additional trees.
You can find out more in our community newsletter, January 2021 here.
Guild Living, working with Legal & General, is working up revised plans for a new later living community next to Epsom Hospital.
Thank you to everyone who attended our community webinar on 13th January 2021. We really appreciated your feedback and we hope we were able to answer your questions.
A copy of the webinar presentation can be found here.
You can also watch a replay of the webinar event here.
“We are committed to working closely with Epsom General Hospital to help improve the entire area for hospital staff, visitors and residents,” says Guild Living Co-Founder, Eugene Marchese. “Because we are in partnership with Legal & General, residents will have confidence that we are committed to Epsom for the long term. All the facilities we are planning – wellness facilities, cafes and social spaces – are designed to bring people together as we want to promote multi-generational living.”
EXTENSION OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
- Regenerates a strategic city centre site to create a new area of productive and attractive townscape
- Delivers an exemplar scheme in terms of the standard of facilities and levels of support
- Supports local businesses and secures the retention of skills in the local area
- The later living scheme will create approx. 50 jobs, including: food & beverage, management, technical, administrative, housekeeping, maintenance, physiotherapy and occupational therapy positions
- Freeing up other sectors of the housing market by releasing much-needed family housing accommodation
- Contributing towards the local housing supply and the housing targets
- Addresses a pressing need for accommodation for older people in the borough, and providing housing choice
- Creating a later living scheme will help free up other sectors of the housing market by releasing much-needed family accommodation such as 3, 4 and 5 bedroom family homes
- The scheme will provide specialist and dedicated in-house support
- The scheme will help to reduce the burden on health and social services
- It is estimated there is a reduction of 30% on the demands placed on the local NHS, from residents living in supported communities
- Improving wellbeing and social interaction, offering better health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs
OUR OFFERING IN EPSOM.
Open to all.
Our facilities will be open to the local community. We will actively encourage people to join the Guild, inviting them in to use the facilities and bring life to the public spaces and amenities.
Welcoming arrival areas.
Distinctive architecture and interiors help create a welcoming and familiar community.
CAFÉ AND RESTAURANT.
A communal café, restaurant and retail amenities to encourage social interaction with friends and family will be open to the wider community.
Quality apartments with flexible open plan interior layouts offering secure assisted living environments. Our self-contained apartments will be available for purchase or rent, targeted at downsizers who want to maintain independence whilst benefiting from individually tailored support and assistance services and hospitality offerings.
One-bed suites offering temporary assistance for patients who have been in hospital but cannot be looked after at home, helping to reduce the amount of time people stay in hospital and the pressure on our busy NHS services. In addition, the suites will offer longer-term higher support for those with greater needs.
A specialist wellness centre, open to the local community, will provide a gymnasium, hydrotherapy pool and treatment rooms – all with easy access.
The facilities of the Health Hub, which will also be open to the wider local community, will include changing facilities and lounge areas, and space for therapy and treatment.
A children’s nursery, also open to local residents, will create a genuine sense of community.
FLEXIBLE COMMUNAL SPACES.
Amenity spaces include a library, arts & crafts and multi-faith room, providing a variety of on-site activities and individual choice for Guild Members.
Landscaped public areas that encourage connectivity through the site and quality outdoor spaces that bring the outdoors to the doorsteps of residents.
Some Frequently Asked Questions About Guild Living at Epsom.
We take great care from the outset of the design process to consider issues such as separation distances between neighbouring properties and building heights as well as the more detailed design issues such as the locations of windows and balconies. We’ll take on board input from our neighbours during consultation where possible.
Issues that often create the main impact on neighbouring properties such as overlooking, daylight/sunlight assessments and visual impact are all assessed via appointed specialist consultants to ensure any impact is reduced as much as possible through the design process.
We’ll maintain a dialogue with councillors, officers and community groups in each city within which we’re developing. This will usually be through a series of public consultations designed to be open and honest, and to engage with others. You can submit feedback or comments on our proposals using the form on this page.
Most of our residences are Guild Living Residences. These stylish, practical homes are designed for ‘ageing in place.’ This means that if your requirements change, we can provide discreet and respectful services from domestic support, as and when needed – all designed to help you stay as independent as possible.
Yes, the community will have a range of security measures in place to provide a secure living environment.
Guild Living communities will be fully accessible for wheelchairs, including the homes and the public areas such as our café/bar and restaurant.
The contractor will stick to strict work hours and be required to provide a traffic management plan through the construction period.
Have Your Say
We would love to hear your views on our Epsom proposals.