Town hall bosses have green-lit plans to demolish a former council building and erect an assisted living complex in its place. Gateway House, in Standishgate, will be torn down and replaced with apartment blocks that will house elderly residents living with dementia.
The building was home to Wigan Council’s education department until it relocated to the Wigan Life Centre in 2012. The site was first put up for sale in 2011 as hard-pressed council bosses struggled to balance the books. It lies in the Dicconson Conservation Area and was formerly occupied by the Convent of Notre Dame and its school house, the Notre Dame High School for Girls.
Hilldale Housing Association is likely to operate the new facilities once they are built, and a contractor will be sought with an anticipated start on site later this year. The scheme will include a number of small households for up to nine people. It is designed to accommodate those with complex needs and learning difficulties ranging from dementia, enduring mental health issues, autistic spectrum and physical disabilities including bariatric (obesity-related) needs
These occupants will have their own private apartment complete with park-and-charge points for mobility scooters right outside their front doors. They will also have access to a communal lounge, kitchen and dining area, where they will be encouraged to interact as a family would do.
The residents will also be able to enjoy a courtyard and external terrace.