ENGIE begins work on £15 million Extra Care scheme in Cumbria

    Residents needing
    specialist housing and care in Kendal, Cumbria will soon have a new facility to
    serve their needs, as leading energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE begins
    work on a £15.2million Extra Care scheme.

    The Extra Care development
    is being built on behalf of the leading not-for-profit, provider of Retirement
    Housing and Extra Care, Housing 21.

    Consisting of 80 apartments
    and 24 stand-alone bungalows, the aim of the development is to help older
    people maintain their independence, with access to care and support as and when
    needed from a 24-hour, on-site care team.

    The Oxenholme project is
    the second Extra Care scheme ENGIE is currently building on behalf of Housing
    21, with work on a similar £10m project in High Bentham in the Yorkshire Dales
    reaching the halfway mark of its development recently. In addition to this,
    ENGIE will also be working on another three Extra Care builds in Cumbria over
    the coming months, with a value of approximately £60million.

    Extra Care is a sector that
    ENGIE knows well, as a previous Extra Care development with Housing 21 – Casson
    Court in Doncaster – scooped the Best Partnership prize at the 2018 Inside
    Housing Awards, thanks to the close working relationship between ENGIE, Housing
    21 and Doncaster Council.

    That expertise is being
    brought to the development, with work expected to be complete on the project in
    the summer of 2021.

    Lee Francis, Area Director
    at ENGIE, said: “This new development will allow more than 100 local residents
    to retain their independence, while living in beautiful surroundings and having
    the care they need close at hand.

    “ENGIE has a long
    track-record of creating high-quality Extra Care developments and we are
    pleased to be continuing our partnership with Housing 21 and making this scheme
    a reality.”

    Siobhan Moore, Director of
    Development at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to bring our Extra Care
    offering to Oxenholme. We believe there is a real need for this type of
    housing, which enables people to continue to live independently, whilst
    receiving quality support.

    “All of our schemes are
    built with community in mind and upon opening this scheme will offer a number
    of jobs to local people, as well as the creation of a great place for the
    community to come together. 

    “The feedback from our
    latest developments has been great so far, with award wins and a vast number of
    show home viewings from the public. We can’t wait for another Extra Care launch
    and look forward to meeting people in Oxenholme!” she added.

    For further information on
    ENGIE, visit www.engie.co.uk/places