New concept in older persons care in Bangor
Published by Paul Diggory for North Wales Housing Association in Housing
1. Cllr Wyn Williams and Cllr John Wyn Williams (holding the shovel) , North Wales Housing Chair Peter Gibson and North Wales Housing vice Chair with the wider project team
Construction work at a new £8.35 million extracare housing in Bangor has begun, marking a new concept in older persons living for the town.
North Wales Housing is managing the pioneering development in partnership with Gwynedd Council, which is now taking shape on the site of a former derelict home on Penhros Road.
A ’start on site’ event was recently held where members of the North Wales Housing and Gwynedd Council teams, along with partner agencies and stakeholders, joined to celebrate the occasion.
The extracare scheme will be the first of its kind for Bangor and offers an alternative way of living for older people, providing independent living supported by care.
The scheme includes 15 one and 27 two-bedroom apartments, each containing its own kitchen, living area and bathroom. The new development also offers a host of communal rest, leisure and activity areas, as well as a central catered dining area. Twenty four hour care is available and is determined by the needs of every individual for whom a care plan can be adapted as their needs change.
Paul Diggory, Chief Executive of North Wales Housing said: “For many older people, living opportunities can be considered at very opposing ends of the spectrum from full independent living to residential or nursing care. Extracare bridges this gap and offers people a choice to retain their independent living with support and care when needed.
“This is the first extracare scheme for Bangor and provides an important alternative for older members of our community when considering their housing options. The building is set in an excellent position within the town, offering easy access to key destinations and attractions within the town. There is a definite interest from local residents already and we are keen to keep them updated as the project gathers momentum and the building begins to take shape.”
Kinmel-based K&C Construction are carrying out construction works at the scheme, employing local tradesmen, suppliers and merchants. The structure is being built using environmentally sound materials and once complete is expected to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent.
The project is expected to be completed in summer 2014.