Official opening for scheme named after local hero
A ceremony marked the official opening of a £9million affordable housing scheme for older people - our sixth in Sunderland.
Keelboat Lodge, an extra care scheme, was officially opened on Wednesday (16th December). It is made up of 14 bungalows and 71 self-contained, one and two-bedroom apartments, with support and care services on site, with the homes available for affordable rent and shared ownership.
The development was built by Tolent on behalf of Housing & Care 21 in partnership with Sunderland City Council. The Homes and Communities Agency contributed £1.5m to the development.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We’re delighted to launch yet more much-needed affordable homes in Sunderland.
“This represents the continuation of the great work we have been doing with Sunderland City Council to build new, quality affordable homes for older people in Sunderland which support independence.
“These extra care apartments allow older people to maintain their independence and enjoy happy lives into old age. Residents have the benefit of having their own home as well as the ability to socialise with others and be part of a community. A care team is based on-site 24 hours a day and that gives residents and their families the peace of mind of knowing that support is there should they need it.”
The name Keelboat Lodge was chosen in honour of local hero Jack Crawford, who was trained as a keelsman as a young boy before serving in the Royal Navy on HMS Venerable. The name also maintains a close link with both the maritime and industrial history of the area.
Keelboat Lodge has communal facilities, including a hairdressing salon, lounge, activities room and restaurant, providing a space to socialise with friends and meet new people. There will also be landscaped gardens, a boules court, allotments and patio areas.
It is the sixth extra care development to be built by Housing & Care 21 in the city with a seventh, Gildacre Fields, set to be completed in February 2016.
Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services, Councillor Graeme Miller said: “Keelboat Lodge is the latest ‘bricks and mortar’ example of what we are achieving in making a difference to people’s lives in Sunderland with our development partners.
“Providing people with the support and accommodation that they need to meet their specific housing needs, promotes personal independence in a community setting.”
Siobhan Moore, our head of development, said: “This is a fantastic scheme of high-quality affordable housing for older people.
“We have worked very closely with Sunderland City Council to deliver more affordable housing for the area and we are delighted to officially mark the completion of this project.”
*Pictured from left to right: Clare Hemming, Housing & Care 21 Property Development Manager, Sunderland City Councillor Michael Mordey, Housing & Care 21 chief executive Bruce Moore, Ken Jeffries Housing & Care 21 Board member, Cllr Graeme Miller (shaking hands with Bruce), Alan Davies of Homes and Communities Agency, Claire Charlton, Head of Extra Care NE at Housing & Care 21, Neil Revely, Sunderland City Council Executive Director of People Services