New supported living scheme: town mayor breaks fresh ground
WORK has officially started on a brand new purpose-built supported living development designed for adults with learning and physical disabilities to live as independent a life as possible in Rushden.
The first sod of ground was cut earlier this month by Councillor Kaye Rawlins, Mayor of Rushden, during the ground breaking ceremony for the project.
Claridge Court, on Wellingborough Road, is a £2.3 million development consisting of 16 apartments that have been designed in partnership with Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care. They are being delivered by specialist supported living developer, HB Villages, and the contractor is J Tomlinson.
The new development will provide a safe environment for local adults with learning and physical disabilities, allowing them to live independently and give them the freedom to manage their own home, budgets and lifestyle with support as and when required.
Cllr Rawlins was joined by all partners involved in the project to celebrate the work starting on this progressive scheme.
Jemima Taylor, group director of development and communications for Lifeways, said: “Lifeways is delighted to be part of such an exciting and innovative development. From the overall building design to the design and layout of each individual home, Claridge Court is being developed to provide high quality, accessible accommodation that meets the needs of each individual.
“We value and respect the needs of each person we support and feel excited to be able to provide such a bespoke and personalised solution.
“The facilities, opportunities and support on offer at Claridge Court will provide each tenant with the confidence and independence to choose how they live their lives.”
Barrie Westbrook, development manager of Inclusion Housing, said: “Claridge Court is set to be a fantastic example of what can be achieved through innovative partnership working between statutory, not-for-profit and private sectors.
“Inclusion Housing is proud to be part of this scheme and the best bit is yet to come; welcoming the tenants into their new homes.
“We look forward to working in partnership with Lifeways and Rushden Town Council in making this a valued resource for years to come.”
Alastair Sheehan, development director of HB Villages, said: “Claridge Court will promote personalisation for vulnerable adults in the Rushden area.
“It will give tenants the choice to live where they want to, independently and in a safe environment. It’s fantastic to see the work starting on this development and I look forward to returning and meeting the people who will proudly call Claridge Court their home.”
Martin Gallagher, construction managing director for J Tomlinson, said: “We are very pleased to have been appointed to build this scheme, which is the latest in a number of supported living projects that the company has been involved in over recent times.
“Claridge Court promises to be a much-welcomed development and we’re delighted to be part of the team creating it.”
HB Villages was formed in May 2012 in order to deliver a pipeline of new build supported living accommodation throughout the UK. Working in partnership with Inclusion Housing CIC, care provider Lifeways and local commissioners, the trio has developed a unique model of supported living that demonstrates an innovative and commercial approach to supported living, which can be replicated nationally without the need for housing subsidy.
Pictured above – GROUND WORK: From left, Barrie Westbrook, Mayor of Rushden Kaye Rawlins, Mark Dyson and Alastair Sheehan.