Work underway on £16 million extra care housing

Work has started on an exciting new £16 million extra care housing scheme in Sunderland.

The development, which is to be known as Dovecote Meadow, will provide a total of 175 self contained one and two bedroom apartments for older people.

Built on the site of the former Felstead School on the Ford estate, Dovecote Meadow is being developed in a partnership between Housing 21, the HCA, Sunderland City Council and local regeneration specialists Keepmoat. The scheme will provide options for either affordable rent or purchase on a shared ownership basis.

Clare Hemming, development programme manager for Housing 21 said: “This is a really exciting development. The extra care model is an increasingly popular housing choice for older people. It allows residents to continue enjoying independent living in a safe and sociable environment but with the knowledge that they can access care and support on site, tailored to meet their current or future needs.”

The apartments are spacious providing living room, kitchen, one or two bedrooms and a shower room. Communal facilities at the new scheme will also be open to the general public. These include a restaurant, hairdressing salon, care shop, wellbeing suite and convenience store.

Dovecote Meadow will be the fourth Housing 21 extra care scheme to be developed in Sunderland.  

Councillor Thomas Wright, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities, Sunderland City Council, said: “Dovecote Meadow will be another terrific extra care scheme for the people of Sunderland and the largest of its kind in the city.

“We are delighted that Housing 21 has chosen to continue to invest into Sunderland by developing more accommodation for our older residents.  

“Outcomes for people living in extra care housing are fantastic to see as it provides a real opportunity to plan for their older age.  It brings a real improvement to people’s lives, provides peace of mind; and opportunities to meet new people and make friends – while staying independent in their own home.”  

The development will be constructed over three phases, with the first and second phase completing at the end of 2013.  The final phase will be completed mid 2014.