Dora Matthews House - Bank Street, Coleford
Dora Matthews House offers a bespoke service to over 55’s who are able to live an independent life but need some extra care and support.
Situated in Coleford, Dora Matthews House is within easy reach of the town centre with numerous buildings of historical interest and many local facilities including a good range of shops, cafés and a cinema.
This joint project between the Homes and Communities Agency, Forest of Dean District Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Rooftop Housing Group and Heritage Care, provides 44 self contained one and two bedroom apartments and five, two bedroom dormer bungalows.
Situated at the front of the site is the wellbeing centre. This is a focal point for residents where a café, activities centre and laundry are all located. The centre is for the use of all residents but will also form a hub for the local community where specialist advice and a range of activities will be provided.
- self contained accommodation with design features that facilitate independence and safety
- onsite care and support services to residents in their own apartments and bungalows when required
- a range of meals available from the on site café, serving locally sourced, healthy foods
- 24 hour care and support available and an emergency 24 hour call system to on site care team
- extensive communal facilities, including a lounge, garden room, a courtyard, hobby rooms and landscaped gardens
- specialist equipment for the more frail or disabled residents such as assisted bathing
- a range of activities on site including exercise and therapeutic classes, social gatherings and advice
In 2007, Gloucestershire County Council, The Forest of Dean District Council and the South West Regional Development Agency finally agreed to work with the Coleford Area MCTi Partnership which led to a Tripartite Agreement making it possible to finance the building of a new centre, The Main Place at Old Station Way.
The agreement meant that the Forest of Dean Council would provide the land for the Main Place, and in turn be given funding to purchase the Bank Street Site from the Gloucestershire County Council for redevelopment into extra care housing. The South West Regional Development Agency provided additional funding to enable the provision of the new building.
Quattro Design Architects provided a scheme which has become a sensitive infill adjacent to listed buildings.
The scheme offers 44 one and two bedroom apartments for older people with a care need and is designed to support those with dementia.
On the Bank Street frontage a linked building, for the use of the local community as well as the new residents, offers a café, activities centre and advice hub.
The new development steps up the slope with pitched roofs, balconies and gables breaking up the bulk. At the rear of the site a court of 5 two bedroom dormer bungalows for adults with learning difficulties is tucked in to complete the facility.
The total cost of the scheme totaled £7,735,000 with the HCA grant providing a total of £1,437,500
The Development of the Site started on the 13 December 2013 with a practical completion date of the 25 March 2015.