St. Peter's House Extra Care, Bethune Road, London N16

St Peter’s House is a 39 unit Extra Care housing scheme incorporating current best practice for dementia care design following the University of Sterling’s design research. The scheme has a non-institutional, domestic character which enables residents to feel at home, where they are given a sense of familiarity and space throughout the building in the use of colour, finishes, furnishing and zoning. Airey Miller led the design team to achieve these outcomes and worked collaboratively to meet the needs of this particular client group. The development is adjacent to St Andrew's Church which forms a pleasing architectural relief to the landscape and panorama of the resident’s communal courtyard.”

St Peter’s House being adjacent to the St Andrew's Church and Vicarage required collaborative working with the local Diocese. The Vicarage which adjoined the existing building to be demolished was to be retained. Party Wall matters and licence negotiations with the Diocese were necessary including scaffold and crane oversail.

The development supports a good variety of activities, promotes social interaction, and contain a variety of different types of spaces. There is a strong connection between indoors and outdoors to encourage residents to spend time outdoors. The building is adaptable to suit changing needs of residents and changing care models over time. The development enhances the quality of life of residents by reducing stress, creating a stimulating sensory environment and maximising independence.

Alex Reeve, Family Mosaic regional director for London, is particularly impressed with the finished scheme:

“St Peter’s House is a significant development of Family Mosaic on several levels. Firstly, it is the first major Family Mosaic supported housing development for over a decade and signifies our commitment to developing and providing excellent services to the most disadvantaged people.”

“Secondly, St Peter’s is a landmark moment both nationally and corporately. It’s one of the first schemes for older people that incorporates dementia specialist design. This is significant because it will allow tenants to live in their homes longer and experience the dignity, privacy and freedoms we all take for granted. In that sense, it represents a significant advance in our mission to improve people’s lives through housing.”

“Finally, it is an exceptional home for future generations, delivered through collaboration and close partnership between supported housing and development colleagues. For all those reasons, it is an exciting moment we should celebrate.”

Quick Facts

Client - Family Mosaic

Contractor - Mulalley & Co. Ltd

Value - £6.2 million

Description - A 39 unit Extra Care housing scheme providing homes for affordable rent with a particular emphasis on dementia sufferers in two five storey blocks linked by single storey communal facilities

Roles and Responsibilities - Employer's Agent, Cost Consultant, Principal Designer and Site Inspector


Tim Hart

MRICS, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying, ONC and HNC