RESIDENTS are a step closer to having a new £7m Extra Care housing scheme for over 55s on a Chester estate.
The development of 63 one and two bedroom self-contained apartments will be built on the site of the for mer Highfield Infants Primary School, on Blacon Point Road, Blacon. They will offer affordable rent, plus onsite care and communal facilities which will be open to the wider community.
The new scheme, which has received funding of £2.5 million from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), is due to be completed early in 2015.
Staff from Crewe-based housing association Wulvern, along with construction partner Galliford Try, representatives of Cheshire West and Chester Council, together with the headteacher and pupils from Highfield Primary School gathered to lay one of the first bricks to mark the start of the construction process.
Sue Lock, chief executive of Wulvern, said: “We are delighted to see construction of this fantastic development at Blacon getting under way. This new Extra Care scheme will provide residents with a state of the art environment in which to continue living an independent lifestyle. Along with facilities that are accessible for the wider local community, I am sure this scheme will become a very welcome asset to the people of Chester.”