Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2013

Work Underway on £18m Extra Care Scheme in Cradley

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Cradley start on site[7]Project partners recently gathered on site to mark the commencement of works on the first Extra Care scheme in Cradley, West Midlands. Representatives from Loughborough-based contractor and developer, William Davis Ltd; housing and care organisation, Midland Heart and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council met on the 2.1 hectare site to view progress. The £18m scheme is set to transform the land of the former Cradley High School, off Slade Road, into an 120 bed affordable apartment complex for the over 55s.

Richard Cornes, partnerships director at William Davis commented: “This is a major project for the company and the second Extra Care scheme we have undertaken on behalf of Midland Heart under their partnership with Dudley MBC. We are developing a reputation for good quality work in this highly specialised sector and are pleased to be working with Midland Heart and our other partners again, on what will be a flagship scheme for the region.”

Designed to promote independent living for Dudley’s over 55s, the scheme will comprise a mix of one and two bedroom properties for rent and sale together with communal leisure facilities including shop, restaurant, library, gym, and well-being centre. It will be constructed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating where 10% of the project’s energy will be provided from renewable/low carbon sources through the installation of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit.

Councillor Dave Branwood, cabinet member for adult and community services, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council said: “The well-being of our older citizens and ensuring they have a decent quality of life in their older years is one of our key priorities. We know that the older population is increasing and that people are living longer.

“Over the last few years the council has helped to develop a range of flexible housing solutions to support older people. Extra Care housing is just one of our popular options that help people maintain their independence whilst at the same time provide tailored support, social activities and everyday facilities in a safe environment.”

The development in Cradley follows on from William Davis’ previous successful Extra Care scheme with Midland Heart; Broad Meadow in Russells Hall, Dudley.

“With the help of our partners, we are pleased to be leading on a project that brings significant investment into the area and create much needed, purpose-built accommodation for older people,” added Carl Larter, director of assets at Midland Heart. “Our partnership on the project has gone from strength to strength and today marks another step closer to bringing the concept of Extra Care housing to Cradley.”

Plans for the scheme were approved in March 2013 after lengthy public consultation. The development is due for completion in Spring 2015.

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