I like the sound of this... Thanks again to Regen and Renewal, for this account of a new development on the Suffolk coast which combines sheltered housing for older people, a public library, cafe, parish council meeting rooms, social rented flats and homes for sale.
From the Regen and Renewal project review:
The communal areas here are central to the building. I could see that the residents used them to come together to have a chat. It's great that the cafe leads into the library, and these areas can also be sectioned off, which makes them more versatile. The break-out areas are full of natural light. The scheme successfully blends the need for older people to maintain independence in their own home with the need to avoid insularity. They can have privacy but they can also talk to people in the library or the cafe, which means these areas become hubs for the community. There are a number of opportunities for residents to communicate with the outside world.