Telford extra care scheme takes shape at topping out ceremony
A topping out ceremony was held to mark final completion for Housing 21’s latest Extra Care scheme.
Sandstone Court, a new Extra Care development on Dawley Road, has been developed in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council and is being built by Midlands-based Deeley Construction.
The scheme moved one step closer to completion as the build reached its highest point.
Representatives from Telford & Wrekin Council, Homes England, Deeley Construction, RG&P and Gardiner & Theobald joined Housing 21’s Chief Executive Bruce Moore to celebrate the occasion.
Sandstone Court in Telford is Housing 21’s first all-electric Extra Care scheme, using a new low carbon brief. This scheme will provide much needed accommodation for local people over the age of 55.
The development is supported by Homes England and will offer 70 affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments, all of which will be available for social rent to local people over the age of 55.
The Extra Care scheme has been designed to promote independent living in a community setting, with a care team on-site 24/7 to deliver planned care packages if needed.
Residents will benefit from a range of on-site facilities, including a café/bistro, hair salon, communal lounge and gardens which are also accessible to visitors and the local community.
Deborah Hope, Head of Development at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to reach this important milestone in the development of Sandstone Court, this is our first all-electric Extra Care scheme which is being built using our new low caron brief.
"The scheme will provide much needed homes for older people in the area, with on-site, tailored care and support packages available to help residents live independently.”
Councillor Richard Overton (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement and Transport said: “We are really pleased to see this development at Sandstone Court hitting another milestone which will deliver much needed affordable accommodation.
“This development supports our housing strategy in terms of providing new specialist and supported accommodation for our residents across the borough.”
Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director of Deeley Group, said: “It’s fantastic to have reached this key milestone in the development and work is progressing well on site.
“Sandstone Court marks our third development in partnership with Housing 21. The all-electric, low carbon, Extra Care scheme fits in perfectly with our sustainability targets at the Deeley Group and will provide important new homes for people in Telford.”
Christine Seaton, Senior Manager of Affordable Housing Growth at Homes England added: “At Homes England we are pleased to support the development of high-quality Extra Care housing using affordable housing grants and working in partnership with Housing 21, Telford & Wrekin Council and Deeley Construction.
"When Dawley Road is complete, it will provide much needed one and two-bedroom homes for rent to over 55s and will contribute to their wellbeing and building a thriving community. I am delighted with the progress made so far and look forward to seeing the completed scheme in 2024.”
The new development is scheduled to open in 2024. For more information, visit www.housing21.org.uk
Photo: L-r Joanne Cornwell, Telford & Wrekin Council's Housing Strategy and Commissioning Programme Manager, Bruce Moore, Chief Executive at Housing 21 and Christine Seaton, Senior Manager for Affordable Housing Growth at Homes England.