9th Dec 2013

Seddon to build £5.9m Gloucestershire housing scheme for older residents

Seddon has been appointed by Rooftop Housing Group to build a 49-home, £5.9 million specialist housing scheme for older residents in Coleford, Gloucestershire.

Construction work has just started on the development which will create a dementia-focused housing with care complex made up of 28 one-bed apartments and 16 two bed-apartments.

The 4,913 sq m extra care apartment development is designed around a central courtyard and garden. The scheme also includes a Wellbeing Centre which will be open to the public and house a café, meeting rooms, activity spaces and a hub facility for outreach services.  In addition, five two-bed accessible chalet-style bungalows will be built at the site.

Gloucester-based Quattro are the architects for the scheme which is due to be completed in February 2015. It is being built on land which has previously been used as a car park, next  to Bank Street in the town centre. All homes will be for affordable rent and will meet the Lifetime Homes standard which means they can be readily adapted as residents’ needs change.

David Hannon, development director at Rooftop Housing Group, says: "It’s fantastic news that Seddon are starting work on regenerating this under-used brownfield site. The scheme will make a real difference to the lives of older people in Coleford as well as improving facilities for the wider community and providing a boost to the local economy."

Seddon business unit manager Grant Millar says: "We are delighted to be working with Rooftop to deliver this new affordable housing scheme which will provide high-quality accommodation for older residents, built to an extremely high standard.”

Properties will be modern and energy-efficient, achieving Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the system for measuring homes’ environmental performance. Sustainable features incorporated will include high-efficiency condensing boilers. As part of the scheme, Seddon will also carry out landscaping work and reinstate a wildlife pond area.

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