In 2017 we successfully completed the closure of Hammerson House in Hampstead Garden Suburb so that work could begin on new building on the same site, due to open in 2020.
Finding new homes for the 41 people who were still living in the old Hammerson House has been our most significant achievement of 2017. The building was no longer fit for purpose and needed to close, but relocating residents sensitively took many months of careful planning.
“Easy to settle in”
Before the closure we completed a spacious new 15-bedroom floor at Nightingale House which is now home to 14 former Hammerson residents. This floor was specially built so that residents from the old Hammerson could move together, along with the staff they were used to.
Rosemary, 94, pictured with carer Jennifer, moved together to Nightingale House in June 2017 when Hammerson House was closed. “I wasn’t looking forward to moving but having so many familiar faces around has made it easy to settle in.”
Some of Hammerson’s former residents decided to move to other accommodation but we continue to visit those that are still in the London area. They will always be ‘ours’ and our connection to them will not be lost.