Building work has started on a new extra care development in Northampton, which will provide 80 one-bedroom self-contained apartments for local residents over the age of 55.
Balmoral Place is a £15 million development, built using an innovative funding model that doesn’t require any public grant but which will allow both Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council first choice in referring eligible residents for the scheme.
As well as providing self-contained apartments in a fantastic community setting, the development will allow individuals to live independently, with personalised care designed for their needs and with the added benefits of on-site services such as: hairdressing & beauty salon, children’s play area, sensory gardens, GP/Physio rooms, along with guest rooms for visiting family.
The extra care scheme, managed by MEARS will be delivered in partnership with developer HB Villages, using contractors McGoff Construction and ATEL, the latter who will be responsible for enabling the use of assistive technology throughout the development.
Balmoral Place (in Balmoral Road, Northampton, NN2) will span across three buildings – Nene House, Brampton House and Naseby House – with a variety of communal facilities including a leisure lounge, relaxation suite and coffee bar.
Jonathan Nunn, Leader of Northampton Council, said: “It's important to me to make sure that older generations are cared for in Northampton and further afield. This is a really good example of what can be done using an extra care model that caters for the needs of individuals without compromising on independence or for the need for people to be able to stay in their own home.
“I am really pleased with the progress made and philosophy taken by all those partners involved and can see that the key objective is to make sure better outcomes are achieved for residents and the wider local community. By living in their own apartment, rather than living in residential care, the elderly will continue to have independence and dignity within a caring and supportive community.”
Chief Operating Officer for Mears Care, Bernadette Walsh, said: “Balmoral Place will not only enhance the quality of life for people with care and support needs, but also reduce the amount of care they need as well as reduce admissions to hospital or care homes.
“Like the rest of the UK, Northampton is in need of more, smaller properties specially adapted for older and disabled people, and Balmoral Place will meet some of that need.”
Managing Director for Mears Housing Management, John Taylor, said: “Everyone involved is committed to providing innovative solutions to deliver real change by transforming the way care and support is delivered. This is reflected in our design and approach to the project to accommodate people with a wide range of needs and support them to live as full a life as possible.”
Alastair Sheehan, Development and Planning Director of HB Villages, commented: “Balmoral Place will provide the opportunity for the local people in their later years to have their own home, but with the added benefit of 24-hour on-site support and a community in which to interact as much or as little as they choose. It is fantastic to see building work start, and the whole of the HB Villages team looks forward to following its progress and meeting the tenants once completed. Our thanks to all the council officers and local politicians who contributed in making the commissioning and planning process such a smooth process.”
Balmoral Place is set to open in October 2018.