A £11m extra care development in Seacroft, Leeds, has moved one step closer to completion following a topping out ceremony on site.
Greenmill Gardens is a 64-apartment extra care development that Lovell Later Living is delivering for Home Group in partnership with Leeds County Council.
Morgan Sindall Construction is serving as contractor on the development.
The scheme will provide one- and two-bedroom apartments dedicated to the needs of older people in Leeds and the surrounding area, ensuring families and social networks from the local community can stay within close vicinity of one another.
Once complete, Greenmill Gardens will provide access to 24/7 onsite care for its residents and will offer a number of facilities including a café, hair and beauty salon, and communal gardens for residents and people from the local community.
The development forms part of a multi-million pound specialist housing programme, and complements the wider ongoing regeneration in Seacroft.
Leeds City Council has a target of delivering 1,000 new extra care dwellings across Leeds city centre by 2028.
‘A significant milestone’
Fiona Venner, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships, was keen to celebrate this milestone of progress.
She said: “It is really pleasing to see the positive progress being made at Greenmill Gardens, a key project in our commitment to delivering quality later living options across Leeds.
“I look forward to visiting the site on its completion and seeing the impact it will make on the lives of residents and the local community.”
Cllr Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Infrastructure and Climate, said: “It is extremely welcoming to be able to celebrate the topping out of this extra care development, with the scheme providing a welcome boost to the city’s housing stock and is a crucial step in allowing the city to meet its commitment to deliver 1,000 high-quality new extra care dwellings across Leeds city centre by 2028.
“I look forward to the completion of the project and the impact the new one- and two-bed homes will have on the Seacroft community.”
Paula Broadbent, managing director of Lovell Later Living, said: “This is a significant milestone for Leeds, as Greenmill Gardens heads towards opening its doors in the summer next year.
“Creating high quality homes which promote well-being and independence for older people in developments which enable people to live well and age well, is central to our ethos at Lovell Later Living.
“The scheme has made excellent progress since start on site earlier this year and once complete it will become an intrinsic part of the Seacroft community.
“This scheme continues to demonstrate our commitment to supporting our partners deliver vital specialist housing with access to care and support right in the heart of communities across Leeds.”
Sally Parsons, director of Housing and Support at Home Group, said: “It’s brilliant to see the work at Greenmill Gardens progressing and we’re delighted to be able to provide further specialist housing for people across Leeds.
“Home Group has a long history in building supported services and delivering care, and we work hard to ensure the environments we create are designed to maximise independence for those that live in them.
“We want residents to remain active for longer, be less isolated and feel empowered to do the things they love, and this development, right in the heart of Seacroft, will help achieve that.”
Mark Lazenby, Operations director for Morgan Sindall Construction in Yorkshire and North East, said: “Today’s topping out was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the progress we’ve made so far on this essential new addition to Seacroft.
“Lovell Later Living, Home Group and Leeds City Council have developed a programme that will create new residences of the highest standards that will enable more people across Leeds to live happy and full lives in their later years. It’s a privilege for our team to help make this a reality.
“Our build has run in tandem with a social value programme in which we have ensured our work on this project has a wider economic and social impact on the local community.
“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know people throughout Seacroft and we look forward to further engagement as we approach completion next year.”
Greenmill Gardens is due for completion late Summer 2022.
Image: (L-R) Adrian Golby, MSC senior site manager; Ian Bateman, MSC head of Customer Experience; Chris Walker, MSC project manager; James Anderson, Leeds City Council project leader; Cllr Mohammed Rafique; Richard Levin, LLL; David Lane, LLL; Cllr David Jenkins, Leeds City Council executive member for Killingbeck & Seacroft wards; George Holder, Leeds City Council project officer
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