Building works have begun to construct 99 new affordable homes at Wimpson Lane in Maybush, Southampton, including 84 extra care apartments and 15 general needs flats for the over 50s.
The new development, named Potters Court, will be built on the site of the former Woodside Lodge dementia care home on Wimpson Lane, and will be the largest Housing With Care housing scheme in the city.
The development will provide purpose built homes for adults of all ages who would benefit from being able to live independently in a supportive environment with communal and care facilities on hand.
Potters Court will give tenants freedom and flexibility, with the option for care when desired. Residents will live in their own private home and can choose to join in social activities or follow their own schedule.
The scheme will include 84 homes within a Housing with Care facility, two-thirds of them being one-bedroom apartments and the rest being two-bedroom apartments. These will be for qualified city residents with an assessed care need. The development will include a communal lounge, guest suite, plus a community dining facility which can be used by others within the wider locality.
Energy saving facilities including ground and air-source heat pumps and solar panels are also included in the design. The scheme will also provide 15 general needs homes for over-50s, made up of nine one-bed and six two-bed apartments.
Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, commented: “We are committed to a programme of Housing with Care developments across the city and following the highly successful development at Erskine Court, are delighted that this project, to be known as Potters Court, will now be starting onsite.”
Drew Smith Managing Director, Stuart Munro added: “This is the second Extra Care facility that we will deliver for the council within the last three years and we are delighted that we can contribute once again to support the need for new housing with care in Southampton”.
Construction has begun in June 2018, with the project estimated for completion by October 2020.