To support the elderly people living in the home on Reculver Road, Clague proposed a two-storey timber and zinc clad addition, with large windows and central light wells to bring natural light deep into the building.

The approved extension will provide additional day care facilities and further accommodation for rent to local charities and community groups, the revenue from which supports the running of Age UK Herne Bay Whitstable centre.

Sue Cliffe, Age UK said: “Since 2011, Age UK has been providing specialist dementia services and social opportunities to more than 600 local residents a week at the site on Reculver Road, but our needs are growing.

“It’s really exciting to have gained planning permission for the extension to our building.  There is still a long way to go as we need to raise the necessary funds but it’s a really important step in the right direction.”

Pat Mills, partner at Clague Architects, said: “With the population ageing and demand for day and specialist dementia care increasing, Age UK had to consider its long-term plans for the centre.

“Clague’s work at the Herne Bay centre started in 2008 when we designed the conversion and refurbishment of the former Friendly Society care home to provide the new home for Age UK Herne Bay & Whitstable. We were delighted to be asked by Sue to help with their new plans.

“Work to develop the proposals and to fund raise will begin in 2019 and we would hope Age UK to be able to open its new extension in 2020.”

Organisations wishing to consider taking space within the extended centre or who wish to donate should contact Sue Cliffe on 01227 749570

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