WORK has started on the construction of a new £15.2 million specialist housing and care scheme in Kendal, Cumbria.
The Oxenholme extra care scheme (pictured) is to consist of 80 flats and 24 stand-alone bungalows and is being built by egeneration firm ENGIE for Housing 21.
Once complete, the aim of the development is to help older people maintain their independence with access to care and support as and when needed from a 24-hour, on-site care team.
“This new development will allow more than 100 local residents to retain their independence, while living in beautiful surroundings and having the care they need close at hand,” said Lee Francis, ENGIE’s area director.
“ENGIE has a long track-record of creating high-quality Extra Care developments and we are pleased to be continuing our partnership with Housing 21 and making this scheme a reality.”
This is the second extra care scheme the company is currently building on behalf of Housing 21, with work on a similar £10 million scheme in High Bentham in the Yorkshire Dales reaching the halfway mark of its development.
In addition to this, ENGIE says it will also be working on another three extra care builds coming up in Cumbria in the coming months, with a value of approximately £60 million.
“We are delighted to bring our extra care offering to Oxenholme. We believe there is a real need for this type of housing, which enables people to continue to live independently, whilst receiving quality support,” said Siobhan Moore, Housing 21’s director of development.
“All of our schemes are built with community in mind and upon opening this scheme will offer a number of jobs to local people, as well as the creation of a great place for the community to come together.”