The new Devizes extra care homes scheme for Wiltshire Council will be done by early 2017. This state-of-the-art scheme comprises 47 apartments with on-site extensive facilities and support for the residents as well as the older people across Devizes.
It is said that the apartments of the scheme have a modern design and at the same time will help older people live independently. If you prefer to rent, the scheme also includes homes for affordable rent. This will be beneficial to older people who will prefer renting than buying the apartment.
Building work nearly complete on state-of-the-art extra care homes
The creation of 47 state-of-the-art extra care homes in Devizes moved a step closer with the roof nearing completion and work expected to be completed in early 2017.
The £9m development, which includes more than £8m invested by Wiltshire Council, is on the former Southfield care home site on Victoria Road in Devizes. The scheme will have on-site care and support, and will provide extensive facilities and services to benefit residents and older people across Devizes including a restaurant, a health and wellbeing suite, gardens and guest accommodation.
All apartments within the scheme will be in a modern design and will help older people to live independently for longer with access to care and support as and when it is needed.
Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for housing, said: “I am delighted this development is nearly complete and our vision is becoming a reality.
“Not only will the homes be fantastic and provide on-site care and support for the residents, but the scheme’s facilities will have a really positive impact on the wider community. It is a central part of our housing strategy that we encourage and help our older residents establish themselves in suitable housing that they can live in for as long as they need it.”
James Cawley, associate director, said: “We want to help residents to stay in their homes and live as independently as possible. This new development will provide that within a really warm and friendly environment which I am sure will have plenty of community spirit.”
The Homes and Communities Agency provided £1,010,000 of the £9m cost of the development.
Cllr Seed joined Rob Bradley, executive director for Mi-space, in raising a tree onto the roof of the building as part of the visit, an old custom performed by builders to mark the high point being reached in a construction project. Mr Bradley said: “As a local company, Mi-space is delighted to be working with Wiltshire Council to deliver this high quality project for the community.”
The Wiltshire Council-owned and run scheme will include homes for affordable rent and some shared ownership homes for sale.
A working group of councillors, local groups and representatives were involved in developing the plans, and Mi-space is developing the site on behalf of Wiltshire Council.