A groundbreaking ceremony has marked the start of construction of a brand-new development of new homes for older people in Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
The £11.3 million project will see Home Group join forces with Calderdale Council, Leeds-based architect Brewster Bye and energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, to construct 65 extra care apartments with some facilities specially designed for residents with dementia.
The development, which will be built on vacant land off Bramston Street, will include the construction of a new split level seven-storey apartment block, creating new homes for the over-55s and additional support facilities including a hair salon, coffee shop and winter garden.
“We want people to be able to live independently and affordably within the community for as long as possible, and to enjoy a good quality of life. This impressive new development will provide decent homes for local people and more options with their care needs,” said Councillor Daniel Sutherland, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for planning, housing and environment.
Councillor Bob Metcalfe, cabinet member for adults, health and social care, added: “We’re delighted to bring top-quality new homes to Calderdale to support older people and those with dementia. This is the first dementia-focused extra care scheme in the borough and one of only a small number in the North. We have worked closely with the Alzheimer’s Society and other organisations to ensure the design will meet people’s needs.”
Teresa Snaith, head of development and delivery, New Models of Care, at Home Group, said: “We’re excited to see this extra care development, which will offer our customers the highest quality homes to suit their needs, moving forward.
“This scheme is the latest example of our new models of care programme which brings together excellent building design principles, partners and community consultation to deliver homes, while promoting health and wellbeing for those who live there.”
The development is due to open in Spring 2020.