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Bennerley Fields Dementia Care Centre

external visual of Bennerley in Daylight

Adult care and sports facilities in the heart of Ilkeston

With views across the Erewash Canal, and the magnificent grade 2* listed Bennerley Viaduct, Bennerley Fields is part of a new Integrated masterplan scheme for Derbyshire County Council. The project split over two phases, Bennerley Fields Residential Care Centre is only the first phase of a wider masterplan that gained full planning approval in 2020. With Phase 1 delivering a Specialist Residential Care centre, community facilities and inclusive amenities, together with a new upgraded Sports Pitch.

The scheme consists of a 40-bed specialist care wing and 65 extra-care apartments, both with supporting accommodation, located around an internal courtyard and generous gardens. The size of the site provides the opportunity to integrate additional facilities to create a vibrant hub for the community, including a health & well-being suite, café and hairdressers which serve residents and the local population.In addition to the main development are 18 bungalows along Bennerley Avenue, recreating the street frontage where the school once stood. The scheme also involves the repositioning of an existing football pitch in line with Sports England requirements to provide the local area with an improved sporting facility.

Breathing new life into the vacant site, where the Ormiston Academy School once stood, the second phase of the masterplan will see the addition of 66 extracare apartments and 18 supported living bungalows. The Extra Care apartments are aesthetically similar to the Care Centre and Main entrance, using similar materiality and feature brickwork but with simple detailing and proportions to suit its three-storey massing. The buildings are coherent in design but still retain separate identities, the glazed link between the main entrance and extra care building provides a visual break to separate the massing and to also assist with wayfinding. The bungalows continue the design queues and materiality to unify the development as whole.


Built in 1877 by the Great Northern Railway Company, the Bennerley Viaduct, at over quarter of a mile long; is the longest wrought iron viaduct in the country. Closed as part of the Beeching railway cuts in 1968, it was constructed in an 18-month period in 1877 and 1878 as a bespoke engineering solution, crossing the Erewash Valley between Awsworth and Ilkeston (an area honeycombed with mine workings) the former railway bridge glides some 60 feet above the ground.