1995 – The Board now faced a major dilemma as the previous improvements did not go far enough to meet new regulations and provide modern care for the elderly. Clifton House required either a more extensive upgrade or a completely new building. After much debate it was decided only a new building would be able to maintain and preserve the ethos of the Society and take it into its third century.
On May 23, an important decision was made. Land at the nearby Carlisle Circus could be acquired from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and a purpose-built nursing home for the elderly was proposed for the site. Clifton House would be leased to a housing association for 70 years and redeveloped. The proposals however would require in excess of £1 million to be raised and a new Act of Parliament.