Keelboat Lodge has shipshape launch in Sunderland

Coun Graeme Miller shakes Housing & Care 21 chief executive Bruce Moore's hand.
Coun Graeme Miller shakes Housing & Care 21 chief executive Bruce Moore's hand.
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The ribbon has been cut at the opening of a new multimillion-pound housing scheme for older people.

Keelboat Lodge, a £9million Housing & Care 21 scheme created in Hendon, is made up of 14 bungalows and 71 self-contained, one and two-bedroom apartments, with support and care services on site, with the homes available for rent and shared ownership.

It was built by Tolent on behalf of Housing & Care 21 in partnership with Sunderland City Council.

Kris Peach, director of extra care at Housing & Care 21, said: “This represents the continuation of the great work we have been doing with Sunderland City Council to build new, quality-affordable homes for older people in Sunderland which support independence.

“These extra care apartments allow older people to maintain their independence and enjoy happy lives into old age.

“Residents have the benefit of having their own home, as well as the ability to socialise with others and be part of a community.

“A care team is based on-site 24 hours-a-day and that gives residents and their families the peace of mind of knowing that support is there should they need it.”

The name Keelboat Lodge was chosen in honour of Wearside hero Jack Crawford, who was trained as a keelsman as a young boy, before serving in the Royal Navy on HMS Venerable.

Keelboat Lodge has communal facilities, including a hairdressing salon, lounge, activities room and restaurant, providing a space to socialise.

There will also be landscaped gardens, a boules court, allotments and patio areas.