Topping out at Linskill Park

A new extra care housing development for older people in North Tyneside has reached a key milestone in its development, as the highest point of the structure - the final chimney - has been completed.

To mark the occasion, an official "Topping Out" ceremony was held on Friday 11th September, attended by dignitaries from North Tyneside Council and its partners on the project Housing 21 and FHM.

North Tyneside Mayor Linda Arkley carried out the ceremony by pulling the lever that allowed the crane to position the chimney on the roof of the building.

Linskill Park will benefit from an on-site restaurant and hairdressing salon that will also be open to the wider community.  Residents will also enjoy living in a purpose-built, secure environment that will enable them to maintain their independence.

Each of the 63 two bedroom apartments will be self contained with its own front door, fully fitted kitchen, walk-in shower and full central heating. The scheme will provide a court manager and a care and support service will be available through the day and night.

The design also incorporates a number of environmental features which will boost the buildings green credentials including solar panels to heat the complex and water harvesting. The rain water collected from the roof and drains will be recycled and pumped back into the building and used for toilet flushing.

This scheme is one of two being developed in North Tyneside through an £14.8million partnership between North Tyneside Council, FHM and Housing 21.