£84m care scheme plans go on show

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Plans for “extra care” accommodation for elderly and disabled people in Hull - costing £84m - are to go on show.

Modern apartment buildings with balconies will be on offer in 2016 for some of the city’s most vulnerable adults, including those with dementia and mental health problems, as an alternative to residential care.

Residents as well as local companies wanting to become part of the supply chain are invited to three events later this month. The centres will be managed by housing association Riverside and built by Wates Living Space.

Portfolio holder Coun Helena Spencer said: “I would urge the community to come along to these events and have their say on these facilities which through on-site care enable residents with various levels of need to live as independently as possible. For some this may provide an alternative to residential care, along the lines of sheltered housing, having 24-hour care and support available seven days a week. This is an exciting opportunity to provide high quality apartments designed to meet individual needs as they change over time.”

The Government approved the building of the three purpose-built facilities, incorporating specialist centres for dementia, in Hawthorn Avenue, west Hull; Hall Road, north Hull, and Leads Road, east Hull, in 2011.

The scheme is being built using the controversial Private Finance Initiative, which uses public money to pay private firms to build and run public buildings.

The plans will be available to see on July 17 between 10am and 7pm at The Orchard Centre, Orchard Park (Hall Road development); July 21 between 10am and 7pm at Northpoint Health Centre, Bransholme (Leads Road) and July 23 between 10am and 7pm at Edinburgh Street Community Centre (Hawthorn Avenue).