‘Topped out’ housing scheme brings care to Thackley
Monday 20 October 2014
Housing & Care 21 is celebrating the ‘topping out’ of a new extra care scheme in Thackley.
Representatives from the social housing provider, Bradford Council, the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), the contractor Balfour Beatty and the architects Langtry Langton’s joined together to lay the symbolic final tiles on the roof of the development, named Elm Tree Court.
Funding from Bradford Council, the Department of Health and the HCA has enabled the build, which is worth £5.36m. The investment will bring a range of benefits to the area, including more choice for older people looking for retirement with care options, increased jobs, and community integration, with facilities for both the retirement and wider community to use.
Elm Tree Court has 51 apartments, with both one and two bedrooms, which will become available for rent in March 2015. The extra care scheme promotes independence in later life by enabling tenants to live in private, self contained properties, while having access a 24 hour care service on-site. Communal facilities include a hairdresser, restaurant and landscaped gardens.
Victoria Barclay, regional director at Housing & Care 21, said: “We are committed to providing housing and care options which enable older people, particularly those with care needs, to have choices and lead happy and independent lives. The great thing about extra care is that independence is promoted alongside a caring and supportive community.”
Rob Sullivan, Construction Manager for Balfour Beatty said; “It is great to have been joined by our customer Housing and Care 21 to mark the topping out of Elm Tree Court. We are proud of our work with the local community during the delivery of this project, for example with Bradford College in providing placements for students and in supporting a local apprenticeship through our bricklaying subcontractor and we look forward to completing the project early next year.”
Councillor Amir Hussain, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Adult Services, said: “This is one of several steps we are making by working with partners to provide improved accommodation for older people. It is part of our commitment to have enough support for our growing older population and the means to give them choice, independence and dignity.”