New Housing and Respite Facility Opened by Mackenzie Thorpe
Published by Esme Trelease for Endeavour Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Mackenzie Thorpe opens Levick Court with the help of local school children
A BRAND new £5 million specialist housing and respite development managed by Endeavour Housing Association has been officially opened by artist Mackenzie Thorpe.
Levick Court features 20 two-bedroom apartments for older people and a 16-bed respite service for people with learning disabilities.
Work on the state-of-the-art development was completed in June and the official opening ceremony was carried out by special guest and acclaimed local artist Mackenzie Thorpe last week.
The scheme, which is a much-enhanced replacement for the service formerly provided at St Paul’s Road, features a purpose-built 16-bed respite and residential facility for adults with learning disabilities, divided into four self-contained four-bed units.
On theCambridge Roadside, 20 two-bedroom apartments will provide quality accommodation for older people in a secure setting.
These apartments will be managed on behalf of Middlesbrough Council by Endeavour, with the Levick Trust allocating apartments in accordance with the objectives of the charity.
Communal facilities, which are located between the two units, will help to ensure the site provides a vibrant and active environment for those who live on the site and for the local community.
The Levick Court project was developed as a partnership between Middlesbrough Council, the Levick Trust, Endeavour Housing Association and the Homes and Communities Agency who contributed £1.4 million towards facilities for older people in the town.
Angela Lockwood, Chief Executive of North Star Housing Group, Endeavour’s parent company said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Middlesbrough Borough Council and the Levick Trust. Levick Court is a wonderful scheme which will provide high quality homes and support for those who need it. The Levick Legacy is one that Endeavour feels privileged to be part of.”
Councillor Barry Coppinger, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Social Care, said: “The development of Levick Courthas created a facility which not only meets current needs, but is well placed to meet the demands likely to be placed on the service in the future.
“A great deal of work was done with the Charity Commission and other partners to make the project possible, and ensure that the aims of the Levick Trust will continue to benefit the people of Middlesbrough.
“It is without doubt a facility which will stand older people and those with learning disabilities in good stead for many years to come.”