Sir Edward Lister, Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency, recently visited Coast & Country’s Redcare project, The Dunes.
The visit to Tees Valley, at the invitation of Coast & Country Chief Executive Iain Sim, showcased some of the excellent work being carried out by the housing provider and enabled Sir Edward to hear first-hand the challenges faced by the sector in the area.
Representatives from Redcar & Cleveland Council and developer Galliford Try Partnerships North East were also present.
Sir Edward has considerable experience of the housing sector. For the last five years he has been London’s Deputy Mayor for policy and planning and chief of staff at the Greater London Authority (GLA).
The Redcare venture provides extra care housing for older and vulnerable people across Redcar and Cleveland. Coast & Country embarked upon the scheme in 2015 in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Galliford Try Partnerships North East.
The Dunes development, in Redcar, due for completion in March 2017, provides 64 one and two bedroomed, high-quality, modern apartments that offer a supportive environment for people aged 55 and over to live independently.
The accommodation benefits from 24/7 on-site care, for those who need it, including adaptable facilities for the evolving needs of the residents. Although round-the-clock care is available, The Dunes is a comfortable and caring environment which supports customers to live as independently as they wish.
The new development also provides customers with a local community on their doorstep, with outlets such as a hairdressing salon and a bistro part of the extensive communal facilities.
Members of the wider community are also invited to use The Dunes’ amenities, meaning residents do not feel isolated from the local area.
Iain Sim, chief executive of Coast & Country, said: “I was delighted to show Sir Edward the fantastic facilities at The Dunes, which are providing quality homes, care and support to meet the needs of older and vulnerable people.
“Sir Edward showed himself to be interested and informed and understood the issues that affect our region, both housing and social.”
Sir Edward Lister, said: “We have an ageing population and schemes like this are absolutely essential, we need more of them. Every time that we can move an older person into a more appropriate home, we are freeing up potential family homes, which can then be occupied. This kind of scheme is really important.”
Sara Holmes, Development Director with Galliford Try Partnerships North East, added: “Our goal is to improve the quality and choice of housing available to people in the North East and so we were delighted to have worked with Coast & Country on this prestigious project to meet the needs of an ageing population.”
Photo: Iain Sim, chief executive of Coast & Country, Sir Edward Lister and Sara Holmes, Development Director for Galliford Try.