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.