Work starts on new housing for older people

Digging in..... at the ground breaking for a development of extra care homes for older people. Pictured at the site in Fordfield Road, Sunderland are ( left to right) Victoria Barclay of Housing 21, Andrew McIntosh of Keepmoat, Neil Revely of Sunderland City Council, and local councillor Amy Wilson.
Digging in..... at the ground breaking for a development of extra care homes for older people. Pictured at the site in Fordfield Road, Sunderland are ( left to right) Victoria Barclay of Housing 21, Andrew McIntosh of Keepmoat, Neil Revely of Sunderland City Council, and local councillor Amy Wilson.
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CONSTRUCTION on a new £16million housing scheme for hundreds of elderly people is under way.

Work has now begun on extra care housing at Dovecote Meadow, in Fordfield Road, Ford Estate, on the site of the former Felstead School.

Once completed, the facility will provide 175 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments for people to plan for older living and to live independently for longer in their home.

Officials from Housing 21, Sunderland City Council and Keepmoat gathered as builders began work.

The scheme is being delivered as part of Housing 21’s approved development programme, which is in partnership 
with the Homes and Communities 
Agency.