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New Extra Care Housing in Doncaster

Published date : 24 August 2011

A local community priority has reached the final stages of completion with an out-of-date sheltered housing scheme redeveloped into a 21st century extra care housing development .

The development of Housing 21’s new extra care housing scheme in Kirk Sandall has reached a key milestone with the official naming and the opening of the show flat.  

Representatives of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Housing 21, The Homes and Communities Agency  and developers, Frank Haslam Milan (FHM), will gather together at Rokeby Gardens, formerly Graham House, to mark this important milestone on Friday 2 September at 2pm.

The scheme, which has been driven by local neighbourhood investment priorities, has been specially designed to enable older people to continue to live independently. It provides 41 two bedroom apartments for affordable rent plus a further 11 apartments for low cost home ownership.

Ray Mullis, portfolio holder for housing at Doncaster Council will be presented with the new “Rokeby Gardens” name sign and will be joined by the project’s partners for a tour of the show flat and the development, which is still under construction.

Siobhan Moore, head of programme delivery for Housing 21 said:

“We’re delighted to be officially naming Rokeby Gardens today. This is a lovely development that will provide residents with very comfortable apartments that have been built to a high specification, ensuring their security and peace of mind.” 

The apartments at Rokeby Gardens boast individually controlled under floor heating, level access wet-room showers and a security entry system with intercom. Communal facilities include a restaurant, therapy room, activity rooms, assisted bathroom, well equipped laundry room and guest suite. Outside residents can enjoy a landscaped garden with seating areas.

Councillor Ray Mullis, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for housing said:

“For a long time now there has been an insufficient housing offer for our ageing population to enable them choose the right type of accommodation that suits their needs.

“The Council has been working with its partners over the last two years to address this issue and this scheme is the start of the development of a wide and varied range of housing for older people in our Borough."

The £5.6 million project, which received funding of £2.7 million from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), will enable residents to live independently whilst enjoying the availability of a dedicated Court Manager, 24 hour presence and access to personal care and support.

Laura Richardson, project manager for the HCA said:

“I am really pleased to see the progress our funding has achieved at Rokeby Gardens and look forward to seeing the real benefits this will have for the residents.”

Nathan Brough, construction manager at FHM, said:

“We have enjoyed working in partnership to help deliver this state-of-the-art scheme.

“Extra Care represents the future of housing and care for older people. Rokeby Gardens will allow residents to maintain their independence in a secure environment within a strong community. Additional facilities, such as the beauty / treatment room encompassed within the scheme, mean residents can benefit from therapies, and strong social support, which embody the essence of extra care.”

As Rokeby Gardens is still under construction, visits to the show flat are strictly by appointment only. The first 20 apartments will be ready for occupation in September 2011 with the remainder by December 2011.  Anyone wishing to find out more, either about the rental or shared ownership apartments, should ask to speak to Philip Hayton at Housing 21 on 0370 192 4000.

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For further information, please contact Tom Hustler, Communications Manager for Yorkshire and The Humber on 0113 394 9355 or email tom.hustler@hca.gsx.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

 

The Homes and Communities Agency(HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.  Our vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas.  For more information visit  www.homesandcommunities.co.uk

Housing 21’smission is to promote independence and choice for older people through quality care, health and housing services. It provides around 124,000 hours of community care each week and manages 18,200 sheltered and extra care apartments.

Since its beginning in 1928, FHM has grown into a progressive and forward thinking construction organisation with a turnover of more than £240 million a year.

It is now involved in numerous long-term partnerships with local authorities, Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO’s) housing associations and other registered social landlords to deliver housing solutions that meet their individual needs.

Projects range from new build family and extra care housing, planned and responsive maintenance, insurance repairs and the delivery of large scale regeneration projects.

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