New extra care scheme officially named

A local community priority has seen an out of date sheltered housing scheme, which has been redeveloped into a 21st century extra care housing development, reach the final stages of completion.

The development of Housing 21’s new extra care housing scheme in Kirk Sandall has reached a key milestone with the official naming and the opening of the show flat.  

Representatives of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Housing 21 and developers, Frank Haslam Milan (FHM), gathered together at Rokeby Gardens, formerly Graham House, to mark this important milestone on Friday 2nd September.

The scheme, which has been driven by local neighbourhood investment priorities, has been specially designed to enable older people to continue to live independently. It provides 41 two bedroom apartments for affordable rent plus a further 11 apartments for low cost home ownership.

Ray Mullis, portfolio holder for housing at Doncaster Council was presented with the new “Rokeby Gardens” name sign and was joined by the project’s partners for a tour of the show flat and the development, which is still under construction.

Siobhan Moore, head of programme delivery for Housing 21 said:

“We’re delighted to have officially named Rokeby Gardens. This is a lovely development that will provide residents with very comfortable apartments that have been built to a high specification, ensuring their security and peace of mind.”  

The apartments at Rokeby Gardens boast individually controlled under floor heating, level access wet-room showers and a security entry system with intercom. Communal facilities include a restaurant, therapy room, activity rooms, assisted bathroom, well equipped laundry room and guest suite. Outside residents can enjoy a landscaped garden with seating areas.

Councillor Ray Mullis, Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said,

“For a long time now there has been an insufficient housing offer for our ageing population to enable them choose the right type of accommodation that suits their needs.

“The Council has been working with its partners over the last two years to address this issue and this scheme is the start of the development of a wide and varied range of housing for older people in our Borough."

The £5.6 million project, which received funding of £2.7 million from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), will enable residents to live independently whilst enjoying the availability of a dedicated Court Manager, 24 hour presence and access to personal care and support.

Laura Richardson, project manager for the HCA said

“I am really pleased to see the progress our funding has achieved at Rokeby Gardens and look forward to seeing the real benefits this will have for the residents.”

Nathan Brough, Construction Manager at FHM, said:

“We have enjoyed working in partnership to help deliver this state-of-the-art scheme. Extra Care represents the future of housing and care for older people. Rokeby Gardens will allow residents to maintain their independence in a secure environment within a strong community. Additional facilities, such as the beauty / treatment room encompassed within the scheme, mean residents can benefit from therapies, and strong social support, which embody the essence of extra care.”

As Rokeby Gardens is still under construction, visits to the show flat are strictly by appointment only. The first 20 apartments will be ready for occupation in September 2011 with the remainder by December 2011.  Anyone wishing to find out more, either about the rental or shared ownership apartments, should ask to speak to Philip Hayton at Housing 21 on 0370 192 4000.

Editor's notes

  1. Photo: Cllr David Nevett, Cllr Karen Hampton, Nathan Brough (FHM Construction Manager), Siobhan Moore (Housing 21), and Cllr Ray Mullis (Portfolio Holder for housing for Doncaster Council)
  2. For further information, please contact Wendy Gornicki, PR & Information Officer, Housing 21 on 0370 192 4338 or email wendy.gornicki@housing21.co.uk
  3. Housing 21’s mission is to promote independence and choice for older people through quality care, health and housing services. It provides around 124,000 hours of community care each week and manages 18,200 sheltered and extra care apartments.
  4. Keep up to date with Housing 21 at www.facebook.com/housing21.co.uk or via our website www.housing21.co.uk