Mayors officially open award-winning development
An award-winning new £5.2million affordable housing scheme for older people has been officially opened in Harpenden.
A ceremony was held on Friday October 9th and a plaque was unveiled by the Mayors of Harpenden and St Albans to mark the official opening of Lea Springs, one of our new extra care schemes.
The scheme, in Lower Luton Road, is comprised of 38 self-contained, modern one and two-bedroom apartments, with support and care services on site. Some of the homes are available for affordable rent and others for shared ownership.
Lea Springs was built by Willmott Dixon on our behalf and in partnership with St Albans City and District Council. It received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £650,000 and a contribution of £350,000 from the local authority.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We’re delighted to launch these new much-needed affordable homes in Harpenden.
“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, which gives residents and their families the peace of mind of knowing that support is there should they need it.”
Siobhan Moore, our head of development, said: “This is a fantastic scheme of high-quality affordable housing for older people.
“We have worked very closely with Willmott Dixon and the local authority to deliver more affordable housing for the area and we are delighted to officially mark the completion of this project.”
The event was attended by a host of representatives from Housing & Care 21 and St Albans City and District Council.
Councillor Brian Ellis, portfolio holder for housing for St Albans City and District Council, said: “This excellent development provides 24 hour care tailored to the needs of the residents.
“This scheme is the latest development to be opened as part of the council’s strategy to redevelop outdated sheltered housing in the district into modern homes.”
David Smith, managing director for Willmott Dixon’s residential construction business in London and Northern Home Counties, said: “We are proud of our latest project in St Albans and Harpenden, following our role in successfully delivering the Westminster Lodge, Batchwood, Cotlandswick leisure centres, plus Harpenden’s new free school.
“We also have an extensive track record for care and retirement homes with Housing & Care 21 and Lea Springs is an excellent new additional to this which will provide many people with high-quality homes to enjoy in their retirement.”
Lea Springs features communal facilities including a restaurant, residents’ lounge and laundry room, as well as landscaped gardens.
It was given the top award from the Harpenden Society for enhancing the local environment earlier this year.