The design of the new building will provide ample space to accommodate a wide range of programs and activities. There will be open and covered exterior patios to make it easy for people to get fresh air and sunshine. Access to the nearby Lochside Regional Trail, Saanich Municipal Hall, Saanich Plaza and Uptown Centre will be improved with at-grade paths, walkways and crossings, making it easier for people with challenges to live a fuller life in their surrounding neighbourhood.
The new Nigel House will be built on land adjacent to the current site as part of the new Master Plan to redevelop the entire nine acre valley. The project is made possible by the collaboration of all partners and is being led by BC Housing. The new Nigel House will provide a home for 41 people with complex care requirements. It will also include secure rooms for 15 people that struggle with more challenging behaviours. The new Nigel House will also be expanded to include 37 assisted living units and 10 affordable housing units. Nigel House will continue to provide an island-wide residential care program for this population of Island Health clients.