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West Kent agrees multi-million pound contract to manage Extra Care homes

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West Kent agrees multi-million pound contract to manage Extra Care homes

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Published by Malcolm Triggs for West Kent Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support, Health

Existing West Kent homes in Swanley Existing West Kent homes in Swanley

A 25-year contract to manage seven new supported housing schemes – a total of 240 new homes – has been won by West Kent Housing Association (West Kent).

The association, working as part of the Galliford Try consortium, has reached financial agreement with Kent County Council on the £100 million flagship Excellent Homes for All scheme.

Reaching what is known as ‘financial close’ follows the consortium’s announcement as preferred bidder in December 2013.

The Excellent Homes for All Private Finance Initiative (PFI) will see seven schemes of supported housing built across the county at a cost of £38m and managed by West Kent over the following 25 years.

Recognised as a major milestone in the journey to deliver extra care schemes across the county, it will provide five extra care and two supported housing schemes providing a total of 240 homes and providing choice and quality in social care and housing.

At the end of the 25 years, West Kent will own the homes as part of its stock and will continue to manage them. The schemes will become available for letting in 2015. Galliford Try will fund, build and maintain the homes.

West Kent’s Director of New Business and Development Mark Leader said: “We are delighted to have reached this stage of the project and are looking forward to continuing to work with all our partners on this initiative, which will further our ambition to become a leader in meeting the accommodation needs of older people in Kent.”

For more information contact Suzanne Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager on 01732 749409.

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