WORK is underway on a new development for older people, including those living with dementia, in Fallowfield, Manchester.
Oaklands extra care scheme at Wilbraham Road is a £4.9 million development for Onward Homes. It will provide 36 one- and two-bedroom apartments, along with round-the-clock assistance and care.
The first floor will be home to a suite specifically designed for people living with dementia. It includes apartments, a lounge, quiet room and outdoor terrace.
HAPPI principles – which guide best practice in older people’s housing design – have been applied to the whole facility. Light and heating within the building will replicate daylight hours to fit with the body clocks of residents, and interior designers will ensure the building is easy to navigate.
The development is being constructed by Bardsley and is designed by BTP Architects.
“We have an ageing population and an increasing need for homes that meet the needs of older people, including those living with dementia.,” said Bob Pleasance, Onward Homes’ project manager.
“Working with BTP we looked at a number of options for refurbishing the former sheltered housing scheme on the site but felt that the best decision was to build a new, modern extra care facility that will stand the test of time.
“Oaklands will do just that and is one of a number of developments we are working on to meet housing demand and create strong and vibrant communities that our customers can be proud to be a part of.”
Victoria Saunders, managing director at BTP, said: “We are proud to be working with Onward and Bardsley on Oaklands. We worked closely with Manchester City Council planners on this scheme to bring forward what is a really important development for the community. We have designed a scheme for older people and those living with dementia to call home and enjoy their golden years in.”
Sean Kempley, construction director at Bardsley, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Onward Homes and BTP on these high-quality homes for older people in Fallowfield. With the commitment and hard work of our construction team on site, we will ensure the development will be delivered on time and on budget.”
Oaklands has Alan Johnston Partnership working on civil and structural engineering and Engineering Services Design Ltd on the mechanical and electrical elements of the build.
The 36 apartments across four floors will be available for “affordable” rent and are due for completion around early 2020.