Building works start on Harrogate extra care development

12 06 2017

Work is now underway on a £7.8million extra care scheme for older people in Harrogate.

The Cuttings development, which received a £3,275,000 contribution from the Homes and Communities Agency and land from North Yorkshire County Council is being developed by Harrogate Neighbours and community regeneration specialist Keepmoat.

The development will provide 55 one and two bedroom extra care apartments for affordable rent as well as vital communal facilities to support well-being of both residents living in the scheme and the wider community, including a restaurant, hair salon and multi-function rooms.

The hot meal delivery service Harrogate Food Angels will be prepared at the development and distributed across the town, as well as domiciliary care services.

A ground-breaking ceremony took place to officially mark the first step in constructing the 55 homes on Wednesday 15th March 2017.

The ceremony was led by Cllr Clare Wood, North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration, along with representatives from Harrogate Neighbours, Harrogate Borough Council and Keepmoat.

Paula Broadbent, Retirement Solutions Director at Keepmoat, said: “We are excited to be starting works on this new development in Harrogate with our partners. This extra care scheme will help to drive forward our shared ambition of expanding the choice of high quality retirement housing to support people in later life.

“The Cuttings is the tenth extra care housing solution that Keepmoat has provided in North Yorkshire over the last 12 years and Keepmoat and Harrogate Neighbours have worked in partnership to secure the delivery of this development, overcoming a number of challenges along the way.

“The scheme will not only provide sustainable housing with care for Harrogate Neighbours residents and people right across the borough, but it will also enable the development of additional specialist housing for older people on Wetherby Road once Harrogate Neighbours decant from their existing site.”

Cllr Wood said: ““Extra care developments such as this exciting scheme for Harrogate give people what they tell us they want – to live independently in their own homes, with more choice and control over their support, so they can continue to be part of their local communities for longer.

“Extra care is a flagship programme for the County Council and working with our partners we plan a scheme in every major town in North Yorkshire.”

Sue Cawthray, CEO at Harrogate Neighbours, said: “For the last eight years we have worked tirelessly with our partners to provide a replacement solution to our existing extra care site at Greenfield Court. We are delighted that after considerable hard work, commitment and support from everyone involved we are able to begin the new build at The Cuttings.

“The board and management of Harrogate Neighbours together with our tenants are very thrilled that we are at last in a position to start on site. It is a very exciting time for our organisation as we look to improve and develop our care, support and meal services for the Harrogate community.”

The development is due to complete in June 2018.

 

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Notes to editors:

Keepmoat is a top 10 UK housing and construction company. Working together with housing associations and local authorities, Keepmoat designs, builds, refurbishes and regenerates places to improve economic and social outcomes for people across Great Britain.

Keepmoat’s specific areas of expertise include: new build homes, community regeneration, responsive maintenance, retirement solutions and energy efficient technology.

Keepmoat employs over 3,500 people across Great Britain, with 9% of its workforce made up of trainees, apprentices and graduates.

For more information about Keepmoat, please visit keepmoat.com.  

For further information, please contact Rachel Bettison on 01709 766126 or rachel.bettison@keepmoat.com, Beth Catchpole on 01709 766088 or beth.catchpole@keepmoat.com, or Cecilia Cristie on 01675 461661or cecilia.cristie@keepmoat.com

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