The landmark independent living scheme for the over 55s in Houghton Regis took a step closer last week with a breaking ground ceremony to mark the start of works at the Former Co-Op site.
“The ethos of the building is to provide residents with the right balance of privacy and support, to live and be independent. ”
Attended by representatives of the community, council and contractor Galliford Try Partnerships, the event highlighted the vision for the new development planned for the site.
Work is now underway on the new facility that will provide 168 independent living apartments for over 55s, alongside a public restaurant, bar and café, shops and health and beauty treatment rooms.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony held on Thursday, 7 March, Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Adults, Social Care and Housing said:
“These types of schemes are designed to be living, breathing parts of their communities, and that is my hope here. The ethos of the building is to provide residents with the right balance of privacy and support, to live and be independent.
“It’s part of a bigger plan to make sure we have the right sort of housing available for older residents, most of whom want to live in their own homes for as long as possible. We want a choice of quality options for our older residents, so they don’t come to their later years feeling like they have to ‘accept’ accommodation because their home is no longer suitable for them. This will be a place to celebrate life and we’re thrilled that work is starting.”
The council is building the scheme with contractor Galliford Try. Initial works have started, and the building will be constructed in two phases.
Councillor Eugene Ghent, Executive Member for Assets and Housing Delivery, added:
“We’re committed to investing in Houghton Regis and this is part of what we want to achieve. It’s a key site in the heart of the town and an opportunity to develop a disused site to provide accommodation for the over 55s, as well as offering a wider community facility for the future.”
As a partnerships-focused business we look to build and establish long-term relationships that deliver real value and change for our clients. I’m very pleased that we’ll be combining our expertise again with Central Bedfordshire Council in Houghton Regis to deliver an outstanding development.”
Said Andy Reynolds, Regional Director, Galliford Try Partnerships.