Red LodgeNew Earswick, Yorkshire

The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
No of units
140 new apartments/care beds
PRP Studio


  • Architecture
  • Landscape
  • Development Consultancy
  • PRP is working with Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) to replace Red Lodge, an existing care home/sheltered housing scheme in New Earswick, York. The scheme will provide 140 new apartments/care beds for older people and also includes refurbishment of the listed Folk Hall building. The housing and amenities will give the village created by Rowntree in 1904 a vibrant new social heart.

    The new housing is arranged in smaller courtyards and reflects the arts and crafts style of the listed Folk Hall surrounding housing. Beautifully landscaped community open space includes lawns, allotments and a public square.

  • Proposals for the existing retirement community include new building facilities and public realm that delivers for the whole community for all their lives. The external environment is accessible to all providing safe sheltered spaces that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The scheme provides lawns for communal events and play, seasonal gardens for relaxation, allotments for growing and a central public square provides a destination for markets, fetes, music and play. The design approach brings people and nature together to create a vibrant, green and sustainable central core to the village that can be enjoyed by all.

  • Our research looked at how community resilience could be improved in the face of climate change, considering the role of local communities and other stakeholders in this process in different local settings and the factors which may support or undermine resilience. This builds on previous work by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which highlighted the vulnerability of older people to the effects of climate change, especially due to flooding and heatwaves. In light of this, the aim of this work is to ensure that the facilities at Red Lodge are designed and built to take account of climate change and the potential social consequences of climate impacts and extreme weather, with a focus on overheating.