Preferred bidder selected for Lancashire extra care homes scheme in UK
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Preferred bidder selected for Lancashire extra care homes scheme in UK

18 Apr 2013

Blackburn with Borough Darwen Council in the UK has selected a partnership between Keepmoat, Capita Symonds, Together Housing Group, and Housing 21 as preferred bidder for a new extra care living scheme at Shorey Bank in Darwen, Lancashire.

Shorey Bank development

Blackburn with Borough Darwen Council in the UK has selected a partnership between Keepmoat, Capita Symonds, Together Housing Group, and Housing 21 as the preferred bidder for a new extra care living scheme at Shorey Bank in Darwen, Lancashire.

As per the deal, Capita Symonds will design the ‘Lifetime Community’ project, which will support independent living for older people from across the Blackburn with Darwen area.

The Shorey Bank development will feature 119 homes made up of a mixture of ‘one-bed plus’ and two-bed apartments and independent living bungalows.

Under the plans, a three/four-storey, 85-unit, extra care residential facility and 34 bungalows will be built.

Capita Symonds said it has advised on the business case for the new development, which will save about £1m per year and facilitate inward investment.

Capita Symonds design director Adrian Welsh said, "Our early engagement has helped to secure a viable, grant neutral scheme, which meets all of the council’s key ambitions while creating quality housing opportunities for older people within Blackburn."

A similar extra care project has been built in Kingsway complex, which has more than 60 homes, comprising separate flats and bungalows with other support facilities.

Keepmoat MD for Northern Region David Ward said the scheme will bring new homes and facilities to support the borough’s older residents.


Image: The Shorey Bank development will feature 119 homes. Photo: Capita Symonds.