Official opening ceremony for £7 million Long Eaton Extra Care scheme
Residents and staff at Lacemaker Court were joined by representatives from Derbyshire County Council and the developer as they celebrated the official opening at a ceremony on Friday 24 June.
The Extra Care scheme, on Tamworth Road in Long Eaton, comprises 61 self-contained apartments with support and care services on site and communal facilities including a restaurant, salon and wellbeing suite. The apartments are available for rent or shared ownership.
The scheme is also home to a residential care unit with 16 en-suite rooms and a day centre facility, run by Derbyshire County Council.
The development was built by community regeneration specialist Keepmoat on behalf of Housing & Care 21 at a cost of £6.8 million, in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and Erewash Borough Council. It received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £1 million.
The name for Lacemaker Court was chosen after two people from the local area, Jill Smith and Stuart Allan, put forward the historic suggestion which commemorates the vast lacemaking industry in Long Eaton, which developed in the 1800s.
Kris Peach, Director of Extra Care at Housing & Care 21, said: “We’re delighted to officially open this extra care development in Long Eaton. Extra Care apartments allow older people to maintain their independence, socialise with others and be part of a community as well as have access to flexible care facilities on site should they need them.
“Lacemaker Court brings a mix of accommodation for elderly people to the area and continues the excellent partnership we have with Derbyshire County Council to provide much-needed affordable housing.”
Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Paul Jones said: “We’re very proud to be opening Lacemaker Court along with our partners. It’s a fantastic addition to the area with top quality facilities offering the best care.
“Despite unprecedented financial pressure from Governmental budget cuts I’m delighted that we’re able to fulfil our commitment to providing excellent care and services for our residents.
“This scheme is a wonderful example of what can be achieved through good partnership working and I’m sure it’ll benefit residents in the local area and across Derbyshire for years to come.”
Jonathan Woodhead, Contracts Manager at Keepmoat, said: “We are pleased to be able to celebrate the opening of Lacemaker Court with our partners and hope the residents will be very happy with their new homes.
“We are extremely proud of the completed apartments, which have been built with tenant’s changing mobility needs in mind, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership on future developments.”
Lacemaker Court has been designed to meet the needs of all older people, with each flat designed to full mobility standard. All homes have level access showers and access from the bedroom directly to the bathroom.
The Extra Care scheme is the fourth in the county to have been launched by Housing & Care 21 in partnership with Derbyshire County Council. Work on a fifth site, in Buxton, is set to begin in the summer.
For more information or to apply to rent an apartment at Lacemaker Court please email our Lettings Team call 0345 606 6363. Or to speak to someone about shared ownership at the scheme email our Sales Team or call 0345 608 4021.