We will offer fresh, new and vibrant later living options.
Professor Malcolm Johnson, Guild Living
We’re able to produce world-leading research with expert partners.
Professor Julie Barnett, University of Bath
We're changing the way older people will spend the third part of life.
Eugene Marchese, Guild Living
I’m really passionate about how we change people's lives.
Phil Bayliss, Legal & General
Guild Living at Uxbridge.
Guild Living, in partnership with Legal & General, is proposing a new and unique later living community right in the heart of Uxbridge.
As the COVID-19 tragedy has made clear, the way we house and support older people has to change. Not only do we have to design homes that are age-friendly and safe from disease transmission, they must also support people socially, empower them to live the way want, and enable them to maintain social links with friends and loved ones.
The proposals will see the redevelopment of the 2.3 acre site currently occupied by Halfords and Wickes, just off the Harefield Road. The community’s urban location will enable older people to live independently with its close transport links to central London. The community will also be within walking distance to Uxbridge Common and close to the high street, increasing footfall and boosting local spending.
Guild Living communities are set in vibrant, town-centre environments – and after development, we stay on as the operator, contributing to the local community and providing first-class facilities. Our communities combine high-quality, purpose-built design with academically-led wellness programmes and activities, supporting happy and healthy ageing.
The Local Need.
A Part of the Community.
Our proposed Uxbridge community will be suited in the heart of the town centre, to increase the social connectedness of members. The community itself will include a new, vibrant restaurant, wellness centre, and retail space – all publicly-accessible to local Uxbridge residents to encourage genuine multi-generational living.
Contrary to the perceived norm of typical retirement homes, we will create genuinely outward-facing environments. What this means is supporting older residents to meet and engage with people of all ages, and remain rooted in and a part of the community.
Our proposed site will give residents easy and convenient access to the town centre’s vibrant restaurant and bar, leisure, and retail facilities ‒ to reinstate older people in the heart of our community and in our lives.
Addressing Local Needs.
Our plans will also address the demands of the local population. According to the 2011 Census, a third of the Hillingdon’s population – more than 78,000 people – are aged 50 or over. Despite being considered a ‘young’ city, Greater London is home to 1.1m over-65s according to Age UK. This figure is projected to increase by 86% in the next 30 years, underlining the pressing need for more purpose-built housing for older people.
Just 2.5% of the UK’s 29m dwellings are defined as ‘retirement housing’, according to research published by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI), but the number of purpose-built homes offering care services – such as those operated by Legal & General – is far less, at around 0.7% according to the Urban Land Institute.
Our communities will not only combine beautiful architecture and interiors but will also focus on ground-breaking and academically-accredited wellness programmes and activities, to support ageing happily, healthily and enabling members to live their best later lives.
Those who live in a Guild Living community will be able to live independently and have the option of flexible and supportive assistance as and when needed. Our communities will also help to combat loneliness and isolation. In England, more than 2 million people over the age of 75 live alone and more than a million people go for a month without speaking to a friend, family member or neighbour.
of UK consumer spending is by the over-50s (CEBR)
people in Hillingdon aged 50 or over (2011 Census)
75+ year-old people in the UK live alone (NHS)
Why Later Living.
We are proposing plans to build a new later living community in Uxbridge, which will provide residential apartments, care suites and a range of facilities to promote wellbeing and independent living.
EXTENSION OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
- Regenerates a strategic town centre site to create a new area of productive and attractive townscape
- Delivers an exemplar scheme in terms of the standard of facilities and in the provision of support
- Will create a number of full-time jobs, including: food & beverage, management, technical, administrative, care, housekeeping, maintenance, physiotherapy and occupational therapy positions
- Supports local businesses and secures the retention of skills in the local area
- 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 assistance
- The scheme will help to reduce the burden on local 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 UXBRIDGE.
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 are being proposed to encourage social interaction with friends and family, which will also 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 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 cinema, library, arts & crafts and multi-faith room, providing on-site variety 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 Uxbridge.
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.
Register Your Support.
We would love to hear your views on our Uxbridge proposals.