Construction begins on multi-million pound scheme set to transform housing for older people in Leeds

Construction work has begun at a pioneering new scheme in Leeds that is set to transform housing for older people with care needs.

The site at Amblers Orchard, West Ardsley – formerly the West Ardsley Day Centre – is the first phase of Leeds City Council’s ambitious extra care housing programme which will see seven state of the art buildings constructed that will provide a new home to over 400 residents.

The project is being delivered as a partnership between the Council, developer Morgan Ashley and Home Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of housing, health and social care.

Extra care housing is primarily for people who have care and support needs, are no longer able to live unaided in their own home and may previously have had to enter full-time residential care.

Each extra care tenant has their own flat but with full on-site access to shared facilities, dining, activities and 24/7 emergency help. This differentiates it from other forms of traditional retirement living, helping to preserve the residents’ independence while at the same time preventing social isolation.

Leeds City Council has dedicated £30m to the programme and will develop three of the seven sites through this funding, while specialist developers Morgan Ashley and Home Group will develop the remaining four sites.

The Amblers Orchard site – due for completion in July 2021 – will comprise of 63 extra care housing apartments, 100 per cent of which will be affordable homes for rent, while its communal facilities will be open to the public.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities Councillor Debra Coupar said:

“Extra care housing is proving to be an extremely popular option as it offers tailored accommodation and individual support to older people. There’s a critical shortage of extra care housing and this new Council programme will not only go a substantial way towards the city meeting the target of 1,000 extra care homes across the city by 2028 but act as a catalyst to promote wider development by other providers.”

Leeds City Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults Councillor Rebecca Charlwood said:

“We’ve listened to feedback from older and disabled people as to what they want to help realise their aspirations, and have reflected this in the programme as part of our drive to make Leeds the best city to grow old in. I’m delighted work has now started on the first site in West Ardsley and look forward to monitoring the scheme’s overall progress in the months and years ahead.”

Lindsay Courtney, strategic lead for service design and practice at Home Group, said:

“We’re delighted work in Leeds is underway, and can’t wait to welcome our first residents next year. Community wellbeing at Home Group includes extra care services where housing and health can be integrated to maximise independence. We want to keep people active for longer, less isolated and empowered to do the things they love in life, and are excited to be working alongside Leeds City Council to achieve this.”

Laurence Basturkmen, director of later living, Morgan Ashley Care Developments said:

“Morgan Ashley is delighted that the first of four exciting Extra Care projects that we are delivering in partnership with Leeds City Council and specialist Registered Provider Home Group is now on site. The scheme has been developed with comprehensive community consultation and we look forward to delivering a high-quality build with local contractor Torsion Group.”

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Notes to Editors
Morgan Ashley’s Later Living division was created to focus on responding to the undersupply of purpose-built supported living for elderly and vulnerable people. The new business will work with existing partners including Registered Providers (Housing Associations), Local Authorities, Care Operators and Investors to deliver a significant pipeline of projects across the country.

Morgan Sindall Investments brings expertise in supported living, long term strategic property partnerships with Local Authorities and the NHS underpinned by a broad range of capabilities and experience in investing and managing institutional capital focussed on supported living. Morgan Sindall Investments also brings the capabilities of national construction delivery and house building through its sister companies, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure and Lovell Partnerships.

The combination of these factors provides Morgan Ashley with a unique ability to offer its clients in Local Authorities and Registered Providers considerable and robust resource and expertise to assist them in their response to the massive challenges they are facing in delivering care and housing to vulnerable and elderly people across the UK.

For media enquiries:
Andrew Vaux, Leeds City Council press office
Tel: 0113 378 6199
Email: andrew.vaux@leeds.gov.uk

Pictured from left to right, front to back

  • Rebecca Davis, Student, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Clare Walker, Home Group, Cllr Charlwood, Leeds City
  • Council, Cllr Coupar, Leeds City Council
  • Cllr Mulherin, Leeds City Council
  • Teresa Snaith, Home Group
  • Liam Brook, Leeds City Council
  • Chris Capitano, Leeds City Council
  • Martin Hutson, Torsion Group
  • Cllr Garner, Leeds City Council
  • James Anderson, Leeds City Council,
  • Nick Outram, Rider Levett Bucknall,
  • Matt Goodall, Torsion Group
  • Guy Anderson, Torsion Group
  • Richard Benning, Torsion Group
  • Tom Spencer, Torsion Group
  • Mark Denton, Leeds City Council
  • Marc Kerridge, Morgan Ashley Care Developments