New £9.8m extra care development officially opens in Sunderland
A new £9.8m affordable housing scheme for older people in Sunderland has been officially declared open.
A ceremony took place at Gildacre Fields on Friday 25 November, with The Right Worshipful Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Alan Emmerson officially opening the scheme. Entertainment was provided by local ukulele group the Hylton Ukes.
Gildacre Fields offers 100 modern self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments and 30 bungalows for affordable rent or shared ownership, with support and care services on site 24 hours a day. The scheme also has communal facilities including a restaurant, salon, residents’ lounge and laundry room, as well as landscaped gardens.
Kris Peach, Director of Extra Care for Housing & Care 21, said: “Extra Care apartments allow older people to live independently in their own home, with access to all the support they need on the same site.
“They have the privacy of their own home, while being able to be part of an active and social community. A care team is based on site 24 hours a day, which gives residents and their families the peace of mind of knowing that support is there should they need it.
“The official opening of Gildacre Fields is another great milestone in the great work we have been doing in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Keepmoat, and really is a cause for celebration.”
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.”
Gildacre Fields was built by Keepmoat on behalf of Housing & Care 21 in partnership with Sunderland City Council. The development received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £2.8million. It is adjacent to 30 new bungalows which are also managed by Housing & Care 21.
As well as Gildacre Fields, a number of other new extra care developments have been opened in Sunderland in the last couple of years - including Keelboat Lodge, Dovecote Meadow and Springtide Cove in 2015 - providing 273 much needed affordable homes for rent and shared ownership for people who are over 55 in Sunderland.
Lee Francis, Area Director for the North East Region at Keepmoat, said: “The housing crisis our country is facing in not exclusively tied to more options for first time buyers. We have a responsibility to cater for the particular needs of each individual area and it is great that Housing & Care 21 and Sunderland City Council share this vision.
“Gildacre Fields will be a fantastic addition to the local community and offer some much needed solutions for residents with care needs. We’re proud to have been part of this great project.”