Building work nearly complete on state-of-the art extra care homes in Amesbury

Building work nearly complete on state-of-the art extra care homes in Amesbury

The creation of 60 state-of-the-art extra care homes in Amesbury moved a step closer this month as the roof nears completion, with all work expected to be finished by July this year.

The £11.2m affordable housing scheme, named Evergreen Court by children from Amesbury Archer Primary School, is being developed by Mi-Space, part of the Midas Group, on behalf of Conservative-run Wiltshire Council, on the Kings Gate site, near the school.

The development will provide 60 new apartments, aimed at the over 55s. Designed for independent living, the apartments will benefit from extensive facilities and services provided on site, such as 24/7 care provision, restaurant, guest suite and gardens.

Chuck Berry, cabinet member for housing, said: 

I am delighted to see how far work has progressed on this development, which will meet a need in the town for affordable homes that offer independence while also providing additional support should people require it. It is really taking shape and starting to look fantastic. Once finished it will provide a real community area for people.

It is a central part of our housing strategy that we encourage and help our older residents establish themselves in suitable housing that they can occupy for as long as they need it.

All the apartments will be in a modern design and help older people to live independently for longer with access to care and support as and when it is needed.

The Wiltshire Council-owned and run scheme will include homes for affordable rent and some shared ownership homes for sale.

The Homes and Communities Agency provided £500,000 of the £11.2m cost of the development.

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership also secured an increase to the amount the council can borrow from Central Government to support the development of new affordable homes in Wiltshire, of which £1.2m will be used to fund this scheme.

Ian Farrell, divisional director for Mi-space, part of the Midas Group, said: 

We are very pleased and proud to be developing such an important facility for the local community here which will bring benefits for years to come. Construction at Evergreen Court has now reached its high point and it is a wonderful opportunity to bring together all those involved with the project to mark this stage of its development.

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by Hollis Butler,