First phase of ambitious extra care housing programme in Leeds tops out

Lovell Later Living’s new extra care facility in West Ardsley, Leeds, has achieved the topping out phase of construction. The 63 one-and-two bed extra care apartments are being developed alongside a range of on-site communal facilities.

The scheme, Amblers Orchard, forms the first phase of Leeds City Council’s ambitious extra care housing programme, which will see seven state of the art buildings constructed across the city, providing homes to over 400 senior residents.

The extra care facility will be designed using dementia friendly interior design, to assist with wayfinding and to help residents better understand the environment they are in. Communal spaces will be an important element of the scheme, which will include a salon and café that will be open to the public, enabling residents to actively participate in the local community and not become isolated.

All apartments are to be let on an affordable rent basis and residents will also benefit from affordable rent and a 24/7 support team, allowing them to live independently, with the peace of mind of knowing the support is there if they need it.

Amblers Orchard is being delivered in partnership with Leeds City Council and will be owned and operated by one of the UK’s leading providers of housing, health and social care, Home Group. Torsion Group are the lead contractor on the scheme.

John Leary, interim managing director at Lovell Later Living, said: “Extra care housing is primarily for people who have some 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. However, schemes such as this at Amblers Orchard, are essential for providing that additional support, while still giving residents the ability to preserve their independence in a safe and homely environment that facilitates social interaction.

“We are delighted that this scheme has reached the topping out stage and we will be continuing to work closely with the council to deliver high quality, specialist housing for the elderly community of Leeds.”

Lindsay Courtney, clinical lead intermediate care and enablement at Home Group, said: “As we’ve seen during the pandemic, social isolation and loneliness has a significant impact on the older generation. Our philosophy is to connect communities and offer a place for multigenerational interaction. We want people to feel empowered and encouraged to maintain and develop skills.

“This scheme will keep our customers active for longer, less isolated and enjoying the things they love, while reducing their dependency on primary care by managing conditions through our service.”

Councillor Fiona Venner, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children, families and adult social care, said: “This project will provide a much-needed accommodation boost for residents requiring additional care and support. Keeping people independent for as long as possible is a major benefit for their ongoing mental and physical wellbeing.”

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s deputy leader and executive member for communities, said: “Making sure people can live independent lives, even if they have complex needs, is something we feel passionately about. This new neighbourhood facility is so welcome, especially as it will create new spaces for the existing community as well as new residents. We’re delighted to play our role in the partnership behind this housing scheme.”

The apartments are set to be complete in July 2021. If you would like to know more about applying to move in, please contact amblers@homegroup.org.uk.

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