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Work begins at independent living scheme in York

Work has started at our project at Marjorie Waite Court in Clifton, York where are delivering 33 new homes on behalf of York City Council.

The project, which is part of the council’s Older Person’s Accommodation Programme, will see us add four new bungalows and 29 apartments to the existing independent living scheme. We are also constructing a new community hall as part of the extension, which is set for completion and opening in winter 2020.

The new apartments we are building at Marjorie Waite Court will be wheelchair accessible and residents will benefit from extra care services. This includes providing 24-hour care for residents and those living with dementia. The four bungalows will be built with their own parking space. They will also be wheelchair-accessible and will be connected to a warden call system for added security.

Residents of both the new and existing apartments will be able to use refurbished and extended communal facilities. These will include a dining facility, a laundry, lounges on all floors with balconies, a hair salon and treatment room, and extra offices to deliver a wider range of services. To support residents’ mobility, an electric buggy store and charging area will be built.

Local community groups can also, through a booking scheme, use the new community hall which will provide space for community and leisure activities.

David Blades, business development director for Hobson & Porter, said: “We’re very excited to be underway with this project at Marjorie Waite Court. The additional housing and multi-use facilities will be of great benefit to residents at the site and we’re proud have been chosen by City of York Council to deliver a scheme of such lasting social value.

“As proud partners of the Considerate Constructors Scheme we are committed to demonstrating best practice in all aspects of our work, and we will be working closely with the council and the local community to provide regular communications on the project, while also minimising disruption to the surrounding area and that ensuring the highest site safety and environmental standards are adhered to.”

York City Council’s Older Person’s Accommodation programme aims to deliver over 900 extra new units of accommodation with care for older people by 2020 and will see over £100m new investment to deliver it.

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