Key landmark for Kent extra care development
A ceremony was held to mark a key landmark in the construction of Quarry House, a new affordable housing scheme for older people in Kent.
The topping out ceremony was held on Thursday December 10 for the new extra care scheme in Aldington.
The event was attended by Ashford Borough Council Mayor Geraldine Dyer and representatives from Kent County Council, Aldington and Bonnington Parish Council and Housing & Care 21.
The £4.7million scheme, in Calleywell Lane, is due to open in May 2016 and features 33 self-contained, modern one and two-bedroom apartments, with support and care services on site. Homes are available for affordable rent or shared ownership and the scheme features a restaurant and salon which are open to the public.
Quarry House is being built by Bouygues UK and we are working in partnership with Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council to deliver the scheme. It is the second extra care development to open in Ashford after Chamberlain Manor earlier this year.
Siobhan Moore, our head of development, said: “We are delighted to reach this key landmark on what is a fantastic scheme of high-quality affordable housing for older people.
“We have worked very closely with Bouygues UK and the local authorities to deliver yet more affordable housing for older people in the area.”
Anne Tidmarsh, Kent County Council’s director for older people and physical disability, said: “KCC is pleased to be working with Ashford Borough Council and Housing & Care 21 on a further development of affordable Extra Care accommodation.
“This is our first rural scheme which will be available for Older People in the Aldington and surrounding area to access.
“The care provision on site means that residents will have access to 24-hour support when required, and tailored care packages to meet their ongoing needs. The peace of mind, sense of security and independence that this scheme offers will dramatically enhance the quality of life of the people who will live there.”
Cllr Paul Clokie, Ashford Borough Council’s portfolio holder for housing, said: “The council recognises the need to help older people remain living in rural communities where they have strong local ties. Using our specialist housing exception site policy has allowed this development to come forward and I am pleased that priority will be given to older people with a local connection to Aldington and Bonnington. The council has made some of its own land available for this project to Housing & Care21 on a long lease.
“Extra care accommodation plays such a vital role. It enables people to maintain their independence and have their own home with their own front door. Every aspect of a resident’s wellbeing is taken into account, giving them an excellent quality of life, and this will complement the scheme at Chamberlain Manor and our own dementia-friendly scheme at Farrow Court.”
Dominique Grardel, Operations Director from Bouygues UK, explained: “The topping out ceremony is a very old and traditional event, which celebrates reaching the highest point in the construction phase of a project. In days gone by, it used to be that people would hoist a tree to the top of the building to commemorate the milestone.
“What is means for us in practice is that we are close to completing the external construction work for Quarry House but the interior fit out, mechanical and engineering work and so on, remains to be done.”