We're pleased to announce that work is under way to deliver our latest specialist supported living scheme in Furness.
The £3m project will provide specialist supported living units for people with physical disabilities or learning difficulties.
The development, called Church Place will comprise of sixteen new apartments and two bungalows which will be built in Roose Road, Barrow on the site of a former church.
The new homes will be delivered by our team at HB Villages in partnership with Lifeways, Inclusion Housing, Morgan Sindall Investments and Barrow BC.
The development is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
John Woodcock MP and mayor of Barrow Anita Husband jointly dug the first sods at a ceremony to mark the start of construction.
Mr Woodcock said: "It is a privilege to perform this ceremony, which is the first step on a road towards accommodating some of our most vulnerable adults.
"People with physical disabilities and learning development challenges deserve the best facilities that can be made available to them.
"I feel sure this project will provide quality living accommodation and I will be watching with interest as the development progresses."
The homes will allow disabled adults and young people to live away from their parents and have their own independence in a safe environment.
Alastair Sheehan, development director of HB Villages, a national specialised supported living developer, said: "We're delighted to get work started at this special site in the heart of the community.
"We've had tremendous support from the planning team at Barrow Borough Council as well as the commissioning team responsible for delivering specialist supported care.
"We're delighted that everyone recognises the need for specialist supported living accommodation for some of the local community's most vulnerable people.
"We're proud to be part of this scheme and the best bit is yet to come: welcoming the residents into their new home."