£5m Alnwick housing scheme gets underway

The groundbreaking ceremony in Alnwick represents the start of construction of 58 new homes

Stephen McCoy, Councillor Allan Hepple, Keith Loraine and Michael Farr
Stephen McCoy, Councillor Allan Hepple, Keith Loraine and Michael Farr

Work is under way on a £5m development to provide specialist housing for older people in Northumberland.

A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place in Alnwick for Weavers’ Court, a new Extra Care housing scheme that will see the construction of 58 one and two bedroom apartments, with 30 available to buy through older persons shared ownership and the remainder available to rent from social landlord Isos Housing.

Representatives from social landlord Isos Housing, Northumberland County Council and builders Galliford Try Partnerships North attended the official ceremony marking the official launch the development.

Galliford Try Partnerships North will build the homes, which aim to promote independence in older and vulnerable people.

The three-storey building will also act as a community hub, delivering a range of communal facilities including a convenience shop, communal lounge, restaurant, coffee shop and hair salon.

The plans have been developed by award winning architects, idpartnership and construction work will be project managed by Plan B Housing and Elliott Associates, with potential residents getting to see the final results next year.

The scheme has received over £1.9m from the Department of Health’s Extra Care Housing fund and is part of a national programme in which the Department of Health has allocated funding to build 3,544 new homes.

The fund is managed and delivered by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Michael Farr, executive director of development and property at Isos Housing, said: “This marks a major milestone in the construction of this exciting new development, which will provide high quality homes for local people in Alnwick and Northumberland.

“Isos has a strong track record of delivering high quality development programmes and after our successful Extra Care development of The Manors, in Prudhoe, we are setting very high standards for specialist housing for older people across the region.

Coun Allan Hepple, policy board member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council, said: “Providing and supporting the development of homes to suit all needs in Northumberland is one of the council’s key priorities. I am very pleased to see this facility get started on site.”

Stephen McCoy, managing director with Galliford Try Partnerships North, said: “We are extremely excited about this project which provides us with an opportunity to work with Isos to provide high quality affordable homes which will enable people to live independently for longer.

“This is one of a number of new Extra Care projects we’ve secured in recent months and this type of work represents a growing and much valued part of our order book.”

The one and two bedroom apartments at Weavers’ Court will be available on older persons shared ownership basis where you can buy a share in the property on a part buy, part rent basis. Purchasers can buy a 75% share in the property and must be aged 55 and over and have a housing or recognised care need.

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