£300m sheltered housing project up for national award

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A project improving sheltered housing accommodation for elderly residents has won a place in a national final.

North Tyneside Living – a £300m PFI project – won the Constructing Excellence in the North East award for Value, recognising the benefits delivered to residents as well as reducing carbon emissions.

We have worked very hard to get every aspect of this project right, design, and construction and in the finishing touches, so that it makes a real difference for our residents

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing

Now it will compete against other regional winners at the award’s national finals in October.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing, said: “It is excellent that North Tyneside Council, and its technical partners Mott MacDonald Limited has earned this recognition against stiff opposition in the region.

“In North Tyneside we have set out to be an exemplar for others to follow.

“We were determined to make sure that all our older people have modern, appropriate homes that were fit for them to live in not just today, but also tomorrow if their health needs changed.

“We have worked very hard to get every aspect of this project right, design, and construction and in the finishing touches, so that it makes a real difference for our residents and their health and wellbeing”

The overall project will deliver more than 900 one and two-bedroomed apartments for rent to the over 60s, across ten new and 16 refurbished sheltered housing schemes to be delivered over three year

Tenants were engaged in the project throughout, being involved in regular design workshops, product testing, assessing the fixtures, finishes and fittings finishes.

Coun Harrison added: “For the Council and its partners, this project was never just about putting up buildings; we put the residents of the new homes at the centre of our thinking. The value it will deliver for them is tremendous.

“The North Tyneside Living offer promotes choice and independence, promotes better health and wellbeing, enables older people to stay independent for longer, and will reduce hospital admissions, as well as contributing to the reduction in fuel poverty.

“The increased provision of apartments is also helping us to tackle the long waiting lists for homes in the borough, as the fact older residents can now move into an apartment with their own front door, and live independently with the reassurance it is a home fit for the long-term, makes sheltered housing an increasingly attractive option in the borough.”

Mott MacDonald project director Richard Goddard said: “We are delighted to have played a key role alongside the Council on such an important project.

“As this award confirms, the far-reaching value created by this project is beyond doubt and most satisfying of all is the life-changing improvement that it will have on the Council’s sheltered housing residents.”

Altogether ten new build schemes will be provided at Bristol Drive, Battle Hill; Broadway Court, Battle Hill; Bisley Court, Battle Hill; Chapelville, Seaton Burn; Crummock Court, Howdon, Clifton Walk, Whitley Bay; Phoenix Court, North Shields; Rothley Grange, North Shields; Eldon Court, Willington Quay and Rosebery Court, Monkseaton.

There are 16 refurbishment schemes at Eccles Court, Backworth; Fernlea, Annitsford; Rudyerd Court, North Shields; Feetham Court, Forest Hall, Rosebank Hall, Howdon, Tamar Court, North Shields; Preston Court, North Shields; Skipsey Court, Percy Main; Southgate Court, Longbenton; Victoria Court, Cullercoats; Ferndene, Howdon; Carville House, Wallsend; Cheviot View, West Allotment; Emmerson Court, Shiremoor; The Orchard, North Shields and Carlton Court, North Shields.