Third care complex completes £80m investment in Hull residential developments

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 31 Aug 2017

A NEW 156-apartment care complex in Hull has been completed, marking the end of a major investment programme by the city council. 

Redwood Glades residential scheme, in Leads Road, is the third and final development for the authority by national developer Wates Residential, following an £80m investment. 

Work has taken place on the scheme, which has also included the Harrison Park and Cecil Gardens developments, after Wates was appointed to lead the construction of the council’s Extra Care private finance initiative in 2014.

Redwood Glades offers 60 two-bedroom and 96 one-bedroom apartments  and will soon open its doors to residents. 

Delivered in partnership with social housing and regeneration specialist Riverside, the new developments collectively bring 316 Extra Care apartments to Hull.

The three new Extra Care developments have been funded by the Department of Health (DoH). The council was the only local authority in the UK to retain its DoH funding following a Government review in 2010.

Councillor John Black, portfolio holder for housing, said: “I am delighted to see construction work completed at Redwood Glades, which will undoubtedly be an incredibly valuable addition to Hull’s Extra Care housing scheme.

“Extra Care is a great example of the pioneering future of adult social care, with care, support and housing all under one roof, giving residents greater choice, comfort and independence in their own homes.

“This major investment into the area also provides training and job opportunities for local people, which is paramount to the programme.”

Each complex, designed by Croft Goode Architects, provides residents with rooms to help them live independently, and a community hub with gardens, restaurants, salons, rooms for hire and IT facilties.

Jo Jamieson, managing director of Wates Residential, said: “Leading the delivery of the three Extra Care developments in partnership with Hull City Council and Riverside has been extremely rewarding and it gives us a great sense of pride to see the result of our shared vision to create safe and supportive residential developments.

“The partners involved in Redwood Glades, Harrison Park and Cecil Gardens have had one core focus – to encourage independent living among the city’s elderly and those living with disabilities, mental health problems or dementia. 

“This has also presented us with a valuable opportunity to support the communities of Hull, with local people benefiting from a host of training and employment initiatives on site.”

John Glenton, Riverside’s executive director of care and support, said: “We’re delighted to take charge of the final building in this ground-breaking development that will change the way care services are delivered for many people in Hull.

“This development, along with Harrison Park and Cecil Gardens, will provide a balance of independence and reassurance for residents, allowing them to enjoy the privacy of their own home with the comfort of knowing care is available as and when they need it.”

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