Work to start on OAP apartments

Former Felstead School, Fordfield Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland

Former Felstead School, Fordfield Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland

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A GROUNDBREAKING ceremony is to be held next week to mark the start of work on a £16million housing scheme for older people.

Invited guests will gather at the site of Dovecote Meadow in Fordfield Road on Ford Estate to celebrate the start of construction.

Representatives from Housing 21, Sunderland City Council and Keepmoat will don hard hats for the event, which will take place on the site of the former Felstead School.

Victoria Barclay, Regional Operations Director for Housing 21 said: “It’s wonderful to see this exciting development getting underway.”

Dovecote Meadow will provide 175 self contained one and two bedroom apartments, designed to enable people to plan for older living and to live independently for longer in their own home.

Councillor Graeme Miller, of Sunderland City Council, said: “This approach to providing older people with the opportunity to continue living independently has already proved a great success in previous extra care developments in the city.

“I am sure Dovecote Meadow will prove to be just as successful.”

The scheme will include a restaurant, hairdressing salon, care shop, wellbeing suite and convenience store.

David Ward, Regional Managing Director of Keepmoat North East & Scotland, added: “We are very proud to be working in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Housing 21 to develop Dovecote Meadow.

“Through our developments in the city, we are providing independent, safe and secure housing for older people. We recognise that age should not be a barrier to the way people live their lives and our schemes reflect this – they are real alternatives to the more traditional approaches to housing for older people.”

Extra care housing enables residents to enjoy independent living with the security of on-site care staff.

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