Work set to start on specialist £4.4m housing scheme in Wigton
Published by Mulbury Homes for Mulbury Homes in Housing
South End, Wigton
Work to build a £4.4m specialist housing scheme in Wigton, Cumbria, is due to start this month.
42 apartments will be built on the site of the former Huntingtons Garage site, South End, 33 of which will be for residents over 55 and adults with disabilities or sensory impairments. The nine remaining units will be for adults with learning disabilities.
The units, which are described as ‘care ready’, provide an adaptable environment through the use of flexible design and telecare and mean that care can be delivered when and where it is needed.
The scheme is the latest to be delivered for Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of affordable housing, by Mulbury Care, the care division of specialist affordable housing developer Mulbury Homes. It is being built by Manchester-based Harbur Construction.
All the buildings currently on the site are earmarked for demolition, as much of it is in a state of disrepair, having been empty since 2007; the site is also littered with disused cars and rubble.
Claire Morris, business development manager at Mulbury Care said, “We’ve worked closely with the local and county councils to ensure that this development provides some of the much needed specialist accommodation the area desperately needs.
“This site has been left to gradually decay over time, and this redevelopment here it will help to bring this key gateway back to life. The scheme has been designed with the importance of protecting the Wigton Conservation Area in mind and will be in keeping with other properties in the area.”
Maria Hammond, Home Group head of client services, said: “We’re delighted that work will soon begin on this development which will provide much needed specialist homes for people in west Cumbria.
“These care ready homes will be available to over 55s who want to live in a community of people of a similar age. The apartments will also provide homes for vulnerable people and enable them to continue to live independently.”
Home Group is investing £2.54m in the scheme with the HCA providing £1.3m and Cumbria County Council funding £500,000.
Construction is due to start on site in April 2014, and expected to be completed by in spring 2015.
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