Steppingley Road Care Home

+ Independent Living


The client wanted to provide specialist accommodation for over 55s and elderly people in Flitwick, Central Bedfordshire.

The brief was to provide an independent living scheme, in the form of self-contained apartments along with community facilities, as well as a residential care home. The new build care facility is to be situated on a large unused plot of land formally occupied by the former Flitwick Leisure Centre on Steppingley Road. Concertus were commissioned by the client (CBC) to provide the design proposals for the new care home in conjunction with Oliver and Robb Architects.

Key Info

Flitwick, Bedfordshire

Project Type:
New Build

Central Bedfordshire Council


Contract Type:
Design and Build

End User:
Central Bedfordshire Council /
Care is Central




Our full design includes a 72-bed residential care home, an 8-bed short break facility for adults with learning or physical disabilities, and an independent living scheme along with community facilities.

The residential care home will contain all ensuite bedrooms, a private garden, and has been designed to modern standards that deliver excellent infection control. The typical bedroom and cluster arrangements of the building are taken from our most recent Care Home project, Marigold House, which is currently being constructed on site for CBC. The independent living scheme is comprised of 55 one-bedroom and 33 two-bedroom apartments.

All apartments have been designed to be suitable for wheelchair users and easily adaptable to changing needs, as well as 5 of the apartments being designed to the higher wheelchair standard. The design is aimed at building a sense of community between all residents and combatting social isolation. All units are linked to a central “core” with shared facilities such as a café/bistro, medical rooms, hair and beauty salon, community/multi-purpose space, multigenerational activity space and associated facilities.

The entire space will be connected internally, with large gardens and walks planned in and around the site to encourage use of the space by residents as well as the local community. There are also ongoing plans and discussions to provide further accommodation, in the form of apartments and bungalows for older people seeking to downsize, on a site across the road from the site.

The whole building has been designed to meet international energy performance standards, known as Passivhaus, to help reduce the building’s energy demands now and in the future. This will overtake our current project at Marigold House, which is also being built as a Passivhaus. Steppingley Road is set to be the largest registered Passivhaus care provision in the UK. Being a multidisciplinary consultancy, our in-house services were able to easily collaborate throughout the scheme, utilising cross-working ArchiCAD models and holding regular Design Team Meetings. During these meetings, client/end user requests could be efficiently implemented within working designs. Our in-house Passivhaus consultants worked closely with external specialist consultants to ensure energy efficient measures were utilised throughout.

We wanted to ensure maximum access/engagement with the external environment as this is proven to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Allowance was made at all 4 levels of the building to have access to external spaces, particularly on the ground floor where private walkways and seating areas are provided to encourage residents to move and lightly exercise whilst engaging with those they live with. A community garden with raised vegetable plots will be included in the landscape design, allowing residents to keep up with their independent hobbies.


“Working with Concertus has been a pleasure. We are seeing the benefits of working with Concertus.”

Tobin Stephenson, Head of Managing Accommodation Needs of Older People,
Central Bedfordshire Council


The project is ongoing and progressing on site with completion due in 2024.

Central Bedfordshire Council have been pleased with the quality and service we have provided so far. Our design for Steppingley Road has been adopted as a template for future Central Bedfordshire Council projects. The innovatively designed facilities will provide further provision of much needed elderly care in Central Bedfordshire.

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