Work starts on 51 apartments for the elderly

(L-R) Joice Rennie (A1), Pete Smith (EEM), Cllr Steve Scotthorne (BDC), Mark Hackleton (Woodhead), Andrew Davenport (A1), Kenay Reshad (A1), Dominic Twigg (Woodhead), Craig Pygall (Woodhead), Don Spittlehouse (A1)

Work has started on a major project to build 51 modern apartments in Worksop with onsite care specifically designed for the needs of elderly residents.

A partnership between A1 Housing, Bassetlaw District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, and construction company, Robert Woodhead, is set to develop an apartment complex for older people on the site of the former Abbey Grove Independent Living Centre in Lowtown, Worksop.

Part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the project was granted planning permission by Bassetlaw District Council in May 2017. Robert Woodhead was then confirmed as the approved contractor, following a competitive tender process through EEM, and demolition work has already begun on site.

Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “The redevelopment of Abbey Grove is set to be a fantastic facility that will provide quality accommodation for older tenants in our district.

“Not only will it provide additional accommodation, but also an increase in the number of ‘Extra Care’ homes for those residents who need access to additional support from a Care team that will be based on site round the clock.”

Joice Rennie, director of Housing for A1 Housing added: “It’s fantastic that this project is continuing to move forward and that older residents in Bassetlaw will have a modern and purpose built complex to live in. Almost 50 per cent of applicants on A1 Housing’s waiting list are over 60 – people are living longer and the demand is greater.”

Luke Downing, managing project manager for Woodhead Living, the specialist housing team at Robert Woodhead, said: “We’re delighted to be working with A1 Housing and Bassetlaw District Council again on another fantastic project.

“The brand new energy efficient building will provide secure, warm and modern homes, with communal areas where residents can relax, socialise and become a community.”

Councillor Steve Vickers, vice-chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “This redevelopment will expand and improve the quality of extra care housing in Bassetlaw, which offers older people their own apartment for greater independence with on-site support which can be adapted around their changing needs.

“It’s vital the older people in Nottinghamshire have as much choice on the way their care and support is provided, whether it be in their home of many years or in a specially designed apartment complex such as the new Abbey Grove.”