Hoarding wins competition

Southwick_hoarding_winners_comp.jpgJuly 30 2014

A hoarding transformation in Southwick recently gained national recognition, winning a nationwide competition, thanks to the efforts of the local community.

30 children from Southwick Primary School joined employees from Housing and Care 21, Sunderland City Council and building contractor, Keepmoat, to decorate the housing association’s hoarding.

The winning hoarding in Southwick surrounds an ‘extra-care’ housing scheme for people over 55, which is being developed by Housing and Care 21 in partnership with Sunderland City Council, Keepmoat and the Homes and Communities Agency. The scheme will offer one and two bed apartments and two bed bungalows for sale and rent, as well as a 24 hour care service if needed. The scheme will promote independence and choice for people.

The development will also feature communal areas which are for the use of both the residents and people in the surrounding area. The facilities will include a restaurant, shop, well being suite, activities, function room, and hair salon.

Christine Bendall, development programme officer for Housing and Care 21 said: “We were delighted that our hoarding was chosen as a winner, especially as so many from the local area pulled together to create the painted display.

We are looking forward to welcoming residents to our apartments and bungalows and inviting the local community to use the facilities.”

The housing development will be complete and property available to rent or buy in February 2015.