Smithy CroftHeald Green, Cheshire

Your Housing Group
Shortlisted - Regional Finalist (North West) - Civic Trust Awards 2016
Winner - Housing with Care 49-99 Units - AEC National Housing for Older People Awards 2015
Shortlisted - HAPPI Completed Award - Housing Design Awards 2015
No of units
Tenure Mix
50% affordable rent, 50% shared ownership / private sale
PRP Studio


  • Architecture
  • Landscape
  • Smithy Croft fosters the independence of older residents in a community setting with care and support tailored to individual need. Communal facilities within the 55-unit extra care housing complement village amenities, while the building’s modern design harmonises with its surroundings using brickwork in the local vernacular. The predominant brick is a light buff with a secondary accent brick in a darker tone used at the base to articulate the façade and reduce the scale.

    The scheme’s layout creates garden and amenity areas that are sheltered, warm and inviting, to actively encourage use by residents and visitors from the community alike.

  • The site has many large existing trees which provides a well-established green fringe and although a relatively tight site the layout of the building was specifically designed in order to create a range of garden /amenity areas. Careful consideration to the orientation and aspect of these spaces ensured that they would be sheltered, warm and inviting so as to actively encourage their use by residents and visitors from the community alike.

    Public spaces include the provision of an outdoor dining area relating to the Bistro for use by all diners. Private spaces include a sheltered, external courtyard which sits in the very heart of the development. The landscaped gardens at Smithy Croft have been specifically designed to help improve the quality of life for all residents by creating enjoyment and encouraging those with dementia to live a more active and stimulating life which can help combat the effects of declining cognitive ability.