First look at new £9.8m extra care development
Residents can take a look inside a new £9.8million extra care housing scheme for older people in Sunderland after it opened its doors for the first time.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday October 15th to mark the opening of a show home at Gildacre Fields, a new extra care scheme for over 55s, in Bardolph Drive.
The scheme is comprised of 100 self-contained, modern one and two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent or shared ownership, with support and care services on site 24 hours a day. It is set for completion in February 2016.
Gildacre Fields was built by Keepmoat on behalf of Housing & Care 21 in partnership with Sunderland City Council and received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £2.8million. It is adjacent to 30 bungalows which we completed earlier this year.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We’re delighted to launch this show home and give people a chance to see this fantastic new development of much-needed affordable homes in Sunderland.
“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.
“It is great to continue the fantastic work we have been doing in partnership with Sunderland City Council.”
The opening of the show home at Gildacre Fields follows the successful completion of Keelboat Lodge earlier this year and Dovecote Meadow and Springtide Cove last year; providing 273 much needed affordable homes for rent and shared ownership for people who are over 55 in Sunderland.
The event was attended by representatives from Sunderland City Council and Keepmoat.
Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: “We continue to work closely with our specialist housing and care provider partners, to provide older and more vulnerable residents with the type of accommodation that they need to meet their individual needs.
“This latest extra-care development at Gildacre Fields provides another example of what is being achieved with our development partners at Housing & Care 21 and Keepmoat, and adds to the specialist housing choices available to people here in Sunderland.”
Lee Francis, Area Director for the North East Region at Keepmoat, said: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Housing & Care 21 to provide much needed affordable housing for over 55s.
“These new extra care developments support our priority to ensure services; choice and independence are available for older people. The new homes will provide residents with the benefits of their own person space and independence whilst also having the reassurance and sense of community that comes with shared spaces and 24-hour assistance.
“Keepmoat specialises in delivering extra care initiatives and independent living, Gildacre Fields is a testament to the hard work of the whole team.”
Gildacre Fields features communal facilities including a restaurant, salon, residents’ lounge and laundry room, as well as landscaped gardens. Properties will be available from 2016.