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Ground breaking work at Calton House in Hertford

Published date : 27 July 2010

Building work at Riversmead Housing Association's Calton House in Hertford was given a helping hand on Friday by Mark Prisk MP.

Mr Prisk joined residents, staff and guests to commemorate the start of work on site to transform the former sheltered housing scheme into a £6 million state-of-the-art living complex for older people.

Guests included the Homes and Communities Agency, which has supported the redevelopment with a £3.5m grant, building contractor Hill Partnerships, architect Kyle Smart Associates and representatives from Network Housing Group, Hertfordshire County Council and East Herts Council.

Mr Prisk said: 'This is an exciting time for Calton House which has been here for some 30 to 40 years. I understand change is hard, especially when you are older - it's important to change and update the buildings and facilities for our older people, not only for current residents but for future generations to come.'

The new complex of 54 one and two bed flats will include a guest suite for visitors, communal lounge and laundry, 24 hour community alarm, security door entry system, enhanced landscaping and new community facilities including a doctor's surgery.

The flats will also be designated flexicare homes, which means residents will benefit from care staff on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in addition to their supported housing manager who is available during the day.

Calton House residents thoroughly enjoyed the day and commented they were pleased to see work starting on their new homes.

Resident Yvonne Norris said: 'I'm thankful I don't have to move away, it's nice to still be at home whilst the work is done, and it's nice to watch the workmen.'

Chris Wright, Director of Housing, said: 'Over the years Calton has become a place with a real sense of community and community spirit, a place of friendship and support, not only for residents but also the wider community. The work we are starting today will strengthen this important bond and make Calton a thriving place to live as well a flagship community resource for the local neighbourhood.'

Terry Fuller, Director, HCA East of England said: 'We are delighted to have been able to help this supported housing development. Delivering high-quality homes, well-designed homes for people who really need them is of the utmost importance and this is an excellent example of how we can work in partnership with registered providers, developers and local authorities to help meet the diverse needs of local community.'

The redevelopment work will be completed in two phases to minimise disruption. Phase 1 is due for completion in autumn 2011 and phase 2 in 2012.

For more information contact Sarah Redford, Marketing & Communications Manager, on 01992 514 516 or email sarah.redford@riversmead.org.uk  / Emma Drake, Communications Manager, HCA 01223374008 / 07775 550847

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Notes to Editor

1. The event at Calton House took place on Friday 23rd July 2010.

2. Riversmead, a member of Network Housing Group, owns or manages more than 4,300 homes in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and maintains a close working relationship with East Hertfordshire District Council and it is a key player in the Local Strategic Partnership.

3. Hill Partnerships Ltd specialise in delivering new homes and regeneration projects for housing associations across the home counties, London and the eastern region. They have worked with the Network group of housing associations, which includes Riversmead Housing Association, for the last ten years creating better places for people to live. For further information visit www.hillpartnerships.co.uk.

4. Mark Prisk is Member of Parliament for Hertford and Stortford and Construction Minister. For more information visit www.markprisk.com

5. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.  Our role is to create opportunity for people to live in high-quality, sustainable places. We provide funding for affordable housing, bring land back into productive use and improve quality of life by raising standards for the physical and social environment.

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