Older People may have independence for longer in new Sheltered Housing
- 27 Mar
Work commences on luxury new sheltered housing development, intended to be affordable with a medical centre and community facility.
The new housing for older people is designed to be like a small community, and should help people be more independent in their own homes for longer with everything close to hand.
The apartments, which will be for sale and affordable rent, will be designed to a high standard and will offer luxury accommodation for older people who wish to live independently, with an on site medical centre.
Lynwood House, in Lanchester, County Durham, is on the site of a former residential care home which was owned by Durham County Council. The care home was one of seven closed by the council in October 2010.
The £6m development is being paid for by Derwentside Homes with support from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The doctors' surgery will be funded and owned by Trinity Medical Properties Ltd and occupied on completion by Park House Surgery, who currently practice from smaller premises in the village.
Stephen Melvin, Director of Development and Property Services at Derwentside Homes, said:
We are delighted to see work commence on Lynwood House. The development will provide much needed accommodation for the over 55's as well as providing facilities that will benefit the local area.
Lynwood House is now our fourth major refurbishment project and will see the creation of luxury apartments and communal facilities. We have already fully refurbished sheltered courts at Magdalene Courtin Medomsley and Haven House in Leadgate, while Castle Courtin Annfield Plain is nearing completion and is expected to open this Spring.
By working with Durham County Council, local GP's and community groups, we have been able to ensure that Lynwood House will meet the needs of the local community and like all our other sheltered housing schemes, we are expecting high demand for the properties once they are completed.
Stephen McCoy, Managing Director of Galliford Try Partnerships North, added:
We are delighted to have been selected to build this high quality, modern and flexible facility, which will allow people to live independently, in their own homes, for longer. It is a concept we applaud and will, I'm sure, become a model for other, similar developments.
Read full article by 24 Dash, 27th March 2013
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