Solihull Retirement Village

Located on the site of the former Powergen offices in Shirley, Solihull Retirement Village is a new £61.5 Million development providing a vibrant retirement community for the over 55s.

Redevelopment of the 4-acre site included the construction of several multi-level residential blocks, the highest being 12 storeys. These house a total of 261 spacious and fully accessible one- and two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent, shared ownership or outright purchase. Outside space is provided via large balconies, patios and a communal roof garden. Further communal gardens and parking can be found at ground level.

It was important that the apartments were bright and cheerful, warm and welcoming as well as secure. Which is why a range of Senior’s thermally efficient and robust systems were installed throughout the complex. Not only is daylight maximised, but with U values that exceed the current Part L of the building regulations, the glazing also ensures a comfortable environment at all times.

The aim of the development from The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, working in partnership with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, was to support independence and improved social opportunities for older people in the community.

To that end, the village also has many health and leisure facilities including a communal lounge, restaurant, hobby and activity rooms, cinema, café, hairdressing and beauty salon, bar, library, gym and greenhouse.

The new facility provides an attractive alternative to a conventional care home with the option for extra care if needed including support for residents with dementia.




Shirley, Solihull


Nicol Thomas

Main Contractor:



Acorn Architectural Aluminium

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