Detailed plans for a £6m scheme to transform the Brooklands Gardens sheltered housing scheme in Harborough have been unveiled.
The proposals by Seven Locks Housing include the creation of a new restaurant and community meeting facilities, a new entrance and a private courtyard garden at the site, off Walcot Road.
The mixture of one and two-bedroom flats will be modernised with new kitchens and bathroo, bigger windows and balconies.
Seven Locks, which took over the ownership of the building from the Howard Symington Memorial Trust in February, says the new-look building will be a flagship project for other sites it runs across the district.
Plans drawn up by architects BRP have now been submitted to Harborough District Council.
If the authority grants planning permission, work will start in February, with a scheduled completion date of autumn 2015.
Deborah Bennett, executive director at Seven Locks, said: “After extensive consultation with residents of the scheme, their families and staff, we are delighted to bring forward plans to remodel Brooklands Gardens.
“We aim to provide the environment, services and support older people need to live independently in their own homes for longer.”
The project, which will be the first significant investment at Brooklands Gardens since it was built in the 1980s, will include the construction of a covered link between the two buildings on the site.
A courtyard at the northern end, facing the River Welland, will be closed off and turned into a private garden for residents.
Part of the building near the existing entrance will be demolished and replaced with a new two-storey structure housing the new entrance, reception and restaurant.
A vegetable garden and new facility rooms for arts and crafts, fitness and entertainment will also be created.
The number of flats will increase from 50 to 60.
Residents, who had an input into the design of the project, will be kept informed of progress throughout, Seven Locks told the Harborough Mail on Monday.
Work will take place in two stages, allowing residents from the half of the building being renovated to move into the other half temporarily.