Month: August 2019

Planning Approval for Blythe Valley Care Home

Planning granted for Blythe Valley Care Home, designed by Gaunt Francis Architects, on behalf of Octopus Real Estate.

Octopus Real Estate has secured planning consent for a new 80-bed care home located at Blythe Valley Park near Solihull. Gaunt Francis Architects designed the care home to complement the joint vision of providing a high quality, well-designed care home that is both deliverable and functional.


Gaunt Francis Architects were commissioned by Octopus Real Estate, part of the Octopus Group and leading UK specialist real estate investor, to prepare designs for the new care home that will form a key part of the new Blythe Valley Park – an established 2 million square feet mixed development, strategically located in the heart of the UK, surrounded by stunning parkland and leisure facilities.  The 1.4-acre site is to be transformed into an 80-bed care home and will feature a café with terrace at the main entrance, which will provide an amenity close to the new Marl Pool recreation area, lounge and dining areas, garden rooms, greenhouses, and activity rooms for residents.

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Ashley Heath, from Octopus Real Estate said: “Having worked closely with Gaunt Francis Architects on the bespoke specialist design for the proposed 80-bed care home at Blythe Valley Park, we are really pleased to receive planning approval. The high-quality design is centrally located at Blythe Valley Park and sits alongside the new residential developments. The mixed-use nature of the development will ensure a choice for residents in the future when considering quality care options in the local area.

“Having already successfully sourced the land and secured planning permission we look forward to supporting the construction process, sharing further development milestones with the local community, and seeing the design come to life.”


 Director and lead architect Toby Adam, of Gaunt Francis Architects, said: “We are thrilled to have achieved this valuable consent, which continues our 100% planning track record with the great team at Octopus Real Estate and reinforces our experience in the care sector, particularly in residential care which is a growing market for us.”