£3.5m development for disabled launched on Wirral

From left: Jonathan Wrigley, (HBV), Andy Kenny (ISL), Mike Whitley, Alastair Sheehan (HBV)

Altrincham supported housing developer, HBV, has opened its latest scheme on the Wirral.

The £3.5m Mersey Gardens development includes 20 apartments in Tranmere enabling local people with physical and learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes.

Tenants are referred into the scheme by adult social care officers at Wirral Council.

Other delivery partners include care provider ISL, registered providers Chrysalis Housing and architects Calderpeel.

Birkenhead Labour MP Mick Whitley joined councillors and senior officers from Wirral Council to support the official launch of the scheme in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

He said: “I am delighted to welcome tenants and their families drawn from our local community to this new development.

“I strongly believe that vulnerable people should be given the opportunity to live more independently from their parents or in sheltered accommodation, where possible.

“This is a remarkable new addition to our local community and Mersey Gardens has all the ingredients needed for a happy and independent living experience for local people with disabilities, with support in place should they need it. It is a beacon in the sector.

“This development by HBV is providing support where it is needed. It provides exactly the sort of dignity and respect that people with learning or physical disabilities deserve.”

Alastair Sheehan, director of HBV, which has delivered more than 1,000 new-build specialist supported living apartments and bungalows in England, added: “We are delighted to launch this scheme alongside our delivery partners.

“We are grateful for the support, not only from local people in the community whilst we built this development, but also officers from Wirral Council who backed it from the beginning.

“This development has made a positive impact on its residents and also on the local community and we are keen to continue help delivering specialist supported living schemes just like this across the region.”

Andy Kenny, director of development at care provider ISL, said: “Mersey Gardens is a real success story and we are excited to see such a positive community evolving supported by an excellent on site staff team.”

Chris Parks, architect at Calderpeel, who designed the building, said: “It’s great to see the end result, and the real difference this type of development will make to peoples’ lives. The scheme has been designed to promote independent living, while providing staff support as needed.”