Property briefs: New consultancy launched and extra care home completed

Ousebank Consultancy, a professional development, property and construction consultancy, has been launched by experienced industry professional Sam Colley.

The business is headquartered in York and also has an office in Mayfair, London.

Regulated by the RICS, Ousebank has extensive experience across the North of England, particularly along the M62 corridor, in the capital and nationwide.

Its partners include developers, private individuals and partnerships, real estate asset managers, property owners and occupiers, landowners and architects.

Services include development consultancy, development management, project management, cost management, contract administration and employer’s agent.

Colley said: “After more than a decade working on some exceptional developments and alongside a mixture of talented consultants, designers and clients, I am thrilled to announce the establishment of Ousebank Consultancy.

“Achieving our clients partners’ ambitions and creating value from property – architecturally, sustainably and commercially – is at the heart of everything we do.

“We cover all real estate sectors and have a premium performance record in successfully delivering residential, industrial, commercial, student accommodation and mixed-use regeneration for partners.

“These range from new developers to the market to internationally renowned property designers, always with a client partners’ desired outcomes as the primary objective.

“As the UK economy begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and property continues to be a sector of choice for investment, customers will require services they can trust from people they know will perform.”

He added the consultancy has ambitious plans for growth, including giving career opportunities to younger people from across Yorkshire.

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A new Extra Care development for people over the age of 55 in Cookridge, Leeds, is now complete.

Housing 21’s Lady Ida Lodge, which forms part of a Grade II listed building originally built in 1889, will provide housing and care for local older people.

A partnership between Housing 21, Leeds City Council and Esh Construction, meant that work was able to safely continue over recent weeks.

The development, supported by Homes England, will offer 64 one and two-bedroom apartments for social rent and shared ownership.

There is a communal lounge and three different communal gardens including woodland area, central courtyard and southern terrace for residents and their visitors.

Residents will also benefit from a range of on-site facilities, including a café/bistro, which will offer a take-away service, and hair salon.

Deborah Hope, head of development at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to have completed our second new build extra care scheme in Leeds.

“The successful delivery of this beautiful but challenging scheme has been the result of positive partnership working between Housing 21, Leeds City Council and Homes England and we are looking forward to delivering more high quality affordable homes for older people of modest means in Leeds.”

Claire Charlton, head of Extra Care (North) at Housing 21 said: “There is no doubt this scheme is needed in Cookridge; apartments are selling well and there are a few apartments still available for rent.

“We are very pleased residents will start moving in shortly and we are looking forward to welcoming them into their new homes.”

Stuart Leslie, divisional director at Esh Construction, added: “This development not only creates fantastic new extra care accommodation for Cookridge, it has revived the heritage of the former Cookridge Hospital Ida Wing which closed in 2005.

“A major refurbishment programme, the construction of a three-storey extension and single-storey link building has brought a building steeped in history into modern 21st century times.

“Lady Ida Lodge is a project which we are very proud to have delivered.”

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