New homes to meet the needs of Loughborough’s ageing population
"People’s aspirations for the kind of homes they want to live in during older age have changed. This development will go a long way towards meeting those new aspirations."
Chan Kataria, emh group Chief Executive
Construction work has begun on an Extra Care development in Loughborough which will combine independent housing with 24-hour access to a team of on-site care professionals to improve quality of life for older people in the community.
The £13.5m scheme is being built by developer Westleigh in partnership with social housing and care provider emh group and Charnwood Borough Council.
It will include 62 one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as a range of communal areas and facilities. The scheme is intended for people aged 55 and over who need at least three-and-a-half hours of care and support each week, enabling them to live independently within their community. It comes on the back of a national drive to integrate housing, health and care to better meet the needs of an ageing population.
The spacious apartments are being built to Lifetime Homes standard which means they can be adapted to residents’ changing needs. The design also includes a generous amount of communal space, including an arts and crafts room and a café which will be open to the wider community.
In addition to the Extra Care scheme, 10 bungalows for older people and 24 homes for families will be provided. Twenty of the homes will be for affordable rent, to be managed by emh homes, and 14 will be for shared ownership sale through Hello Homes, emh group’s sales and marketing arm.
Building work got underway last month and all work is expected to be completed by March 2017. Local labour is being used for the project and Westleigh is using its own sustainable timber framing, Westframe, which is a highly energy efficient product to construct the scheme.
Chan Kataria, Chief Executive of emh group, said: “People’s aspirations for the kind of homes they want to live in during older age have changed. Unfortunately, housing that caters for this age group has remained fairly static and we now have many outdated, inappropriate housing schemes in the region that older people just don’t want to live in.
“This development will go a long way towards meeting those aspirations. It is an exemplary partnership project that will integrate housing, health and care to improve the quality of life for people over 55; a place where people will want to live, where residents can maintain their independence, safe in the knowledge that help is available if and when they need it.”
Gary Turner, Head of Investments and Partnerships at Westleigh, commented: “We are very proud to be part of this innovative and important project as there is a shortage of this kind of accommodation in the county.”