Site redevelopment is creating another 176 homes

A newly-completed extra care housing scheme is providing 60 apartments on the outskirts of Leeds – part of a wider residential project at this location.

The Gascoigne House scheme in Middleton Park Avenue, Middleton, is designed for older people who need on-site care and support.

The apartments, which have been made available for affordable rents, are augmented by communal facilities and attractive outdoor spaces such as a courtyard and roof terrace.

Gascoigne House forms part of Leeds City Council’s multi-million pound redevelopment and regeneration of a site formerly occupied by Throstle Recreation Ground and Middleton Skills Centre.

This ongoing work will, by early next year, also provide 100 new family homes as well as 16 wheelchair accessible bungalows.

Around 80 of the bungalows and family homes are now finished and, like the Gascoigne House apartments, they have been made available at affordable rents.

Redevelopment of the site represents one of the largest projects carried out through Leeds’s Council Housing Growth Programme (CHGP).

Councillor Salma Arif, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, public health and active lifestyles, said: “Leeds City Council aspires to be the very best it can be in all the work it does, and Gascoigne House is a fine example of the results such an approach can deliver.

“It’s a facility I think the whole city can take pride in, with a commitment to quality that shows how we are investing in people and putting ourselves at the vanguard of providing exceptional care for those who need it.”

Cllr Jess Lennox, the council’s executive member for housing, said: “The transformation of this site in Middleton is a flagship element of our Council Housing Growth Programme and underlines our determination to provide warm, welcoming and affordable homes for people across the city.

“I’m particularly pleased that it will be catering for a mix of needs, with family homes and wheelchair accessible bungalows standing alongside Gascoigne House and its hugely-impressive extra care facilities.

“The work here is creating a happy, thriving community – and, crucially, one that is also very much part of wider Middleton life.”

Redevelopment of the site is being delivered for the council by Wates Construction, with design work undertaken by Leeds-based Watson Batty Architects. The project has created 32 new jobs, including four higher level apprenticeships.

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