Great Places Housing Group hosted partners from Manchester City Council’s social care and housing teams and contractors Engie at an event to celebrate the completion of its new development at Northfield Road in Moston, offering specialist accommodation for people with learning disabilities.
Great Places has delivered the 20-apartment scheme on Northfield Road in New Moston, which strikes a balance between the ability to provide bespoke care support for each resident, whilst promoting independent living.
Each apartment has its own bedroom and living room in addition to adaptable kitchen and wet room facilities, which provides flexible living arrangements for its residents. The building’s infrastructure facilitates the use of ‘plug and play’ technology, which allows a wide range of assistive technologies to be wirelessly installed and connected in order to support residents.
Great Places’ Northfield scheme is one of four supported housing schemes designed for people with learning disabilities sited across Manchester. Great Places has worked alongside Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group and contractors Engie to deliver the schemes in partnership with Manchester City Council. The projects have enabled Manchester to bring specialist care provision back into the local authority, where residents can remain close to friends and family in accommodation which meets their support needs.
Commenting on Northfield Road, Helen Spencer, Director of Development at Great Places, said:
“Northfield is a great example of what can be achieved through partnership working. This is the first specialist housing scheme we’ve delivered in recent years, using Homes England funding to deliver this much-needed specialist accommodation. The scheme promotes independent living, with the ability to adapt care provision through wireless assistive technology, future-proofing the building for its residents.”
Cllr Bev Craig, Manchester City Council’s executive member for adult health and well-being, added:
“This sort of housing can be truly life-changing for people with learning difficulties whose care is never one-size-fits-all. Being able to tailor care and housing to the individual will set this development apart, along with on-site facilities that will change the way we think about supported care.
“This type of housing will give our residents the independence to live their lives, along with the help of assistive technology, but with the peace of mind that they have the 24-hour care provision when they need it.
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “We need different types of housing to meet the differing needs of those who live in our city. That is why as a city we are developing a supported housing strategy, so that we can be confident we are meeting the demand for future generations."
"This is the first in a number of investments with our housing partners in this type of more specialist accommodation.”
Steve Gregory, Head of New Build at ENGIE, said: “It’s been a privilege for ENGIE to deliver these assisted living projects across Manchester, with all stakeholders working collaboratively to provide these much-needed facilities within the region. These types of projects are exciting for all involved as they are designed and built with the end-user being at the forefront of all considerations
“We were pleased to bring our construction and regeneration expertise to these developments and help deliver modern solutions to support access to safe and modern accommodation, for those in need. The flexibility of the buildings infrastructure means the facilities are futureproofed for both our clients and their residents.”