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Nottinghamshire extra care housing developer set to be appointed

25 October 2012

A consortium is set to be appointed by Nottinghamshire County Council to create extra care housing in Eastwood and Retford.

The Adult Social Care and Health Committee is set to appoint Kier Construction and Ashley House to carry out the project at its next meeting on Monday 29th October 2012.

The Council will be investing £4.1m in the two schemes which will also benefit from a £30m investment from the consortium.

The proposed sites are as follows:

Retford – former school on West Furlong and will include 93 one to two bedroom apartments with 25 extra care units for people that will have their care support funded by the Council.

Eastwood – former school on Walker Street and will include 140 one to two bedroom apartments with 30 extra care units for people that will have their care support funded by the Council.

Extra care is an extension to traditional supported housing where older people can live as independently as possible with the reassurance that care staff are on-site for 24 hours a day.

Older people can have different levels of care support dependent on their needs and can buy, part buy or rent an apartment on a complex. They will have their own front door so have their privacy or they can meet other people, friends, family and visitors in the communal areas.

The new developments will have flexible space and communal facilities and services such as a café, hairdressing salon, well-being clinic, fitness room, library and IT studio. They may have falls clinics and links to other health services such as chiropody. People from the wider community will also be encouraged to use the services.

A rigorous tendering process has taken place to select the successful partners to build the two developments which form part of a wider plan to create 160 extra care places for people funded by the Council at a cost of £12.65m.

The plan will enable older people to have increased choice and control over their daily lives with care and support delivered as and when they need it and will help address the expected increase in older people of the next decade.

It is estimated that by the mid 2020s older people will account for almost 50 percent of the increase in total number of households.

There are already two purpose built extra care schemes in Nottinghamshire – Hilton Grange in West Bridgford and Moorfield Court in Southwell.

Councillor Kevin Rostance, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Services and Health Committee, said: “Appointing the consortium to build the first phase of our ambitious extra care housing project is a landmark event for the Council.

“The plans will significantly improve the quality and choice of properties available to older people in the county and will offer an alternative to traditional residential care.”

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