New purpose build extra care apartments top out on Isle of Wight
We are delighted to mark the topping out phase of construction for the new extra care apartments currently being developed for affordable rent and shared ownership on the Isle of Wight. The £11.8m GDV Freshwater scheme, consists of 75 apartments, which are being delivered by Morgan Sindall Later Living in partnership with Isle of Wight Council (IoWC), Funding for Affordable Homes Housing Association and Southern Housing Group. Stoneham Construction is the principal contractor on the scheme, with Hose Rhodes Dickson acting as the estate agent and the scheme was designed by architects AWW.
Freshwater, Green Meadows has 45 one-bedroom and 30 two-bedroom homes, 15 of which are shared ownership and includes a non-residential 1-bedroom guest suite. Supporting the accommodation are numerous shared features and services with facilities including communal lounge, dining, activity rooms and salon, landscaped gardens, laundry, consultation area and assisted bathrooms. Green Meadows will incorporate a 24/7 staffed reception and will be a secure access-controlled facility with state-of-the-art warden call and assistance equipment throughout. The design of the development and provision of extensive on-site facilities allow for residents to maintain independent living within a community where they may engage and socialise as much or as little as they wish or need.
With nearly 1 in 5 of the population on the Isle of Wight aged 80 and above, compared with just over 11% nationally, IoWC had identified an increasing demand for at least 700 new extra care homes, meaning that Freshwater is helping to meet the council’s Older Person’s Housing Strategy, part of its wider Extra Care Strategy. The new housing has a strong focus on independence, whilst providing residents with flexibility and additional support as their needs change.
Laurence Basturkmen, director at Morgan Sindall Later Living said: “This project builds on the brilliant existing relationship that Morgan Sindall Later Living has with the Isle of Wight Council, which is being supported by Homes England to deliver much needed appropriate housing for older people.
“The whole of the UK is facing the challenge of an ageing population and it is a particularly pressing issue on the Isle of Wight. By ensuring that the older generation’s housing and care needs are met, developments such as Freshwater, will have a significant impact on the community, including alleviating pressure on other health and care services. It has been a challenging year but it is positive to see the scheme continuing to progress and achieve this latest critical milestone.”
Once complete, the site will be operated and managed by Southern Housing Group, one of the largest housing associations on the Isle of Wight specialising in care and support for elderly residents.
Naomi Keyte, Head of Sheltered and Care Services for SHG said “We are extremely excited to work alongside our partners to deliver services at this extra care development, built specifically to meet the needs of older people and people with care and support needs who want to live in the West Wight area of the island. Extra care enables people to remain independent and have peace of mind that care and support is available 24/7 delivered by an experienced care team that can personalise services to meet individual needs. Residents can feel a sense of community and stay socially active.”
Morgan Sindall Later Living has also worked with the council to make considerable savings on its adult care and health budget.
Cabinet Member for adult social care, public health and housing needs Councillor Clare Mosdell said: “Extra care is something that we on the Island are strongly committed to. We believe this new way of living has the potential to improve lives for many older and vulnerable people here for years to come. This second major scheme shows that this council is determined to deliver on our target to develop 750 extra care places by 2027.”
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Morgan Sindall Later Living (then named Morgan Ashley) made its debut to extra care facilities on the Isle of Wight in 2018, with the development of Ryde Village, the island’s very first extra care facility which achieved Practical Completion in November 2020.
Completion on the Freshwater homes is due in Spring 2021.