A specialist housing association is all set for an October completion of a new extra care scheme – on a site that will also host its new HQ – thanks to a multi-million-pound package of bank funding.
Alpha Living is building its Poppyfields housing scheme on the site of a former residential care home in Saughall Massie near Upton, in the Wirral, Merseyside.
Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking is supporting the scheme with a £4.7 million finance package. This is part of the £1.3 billion the bank anticipates it will led businesses in the North West during 2020.
Poppyfields will see 78 apartments, made up of 60 one-bed and 18 two-bed homes, built at the site off Woodpecker Close. The facility will offer 24-hour care and support services on site, with several the homes designed to be wheelchair accessible.
Built within the development will also be a bistro and hair salon – as well as a spa, wellbeing suite and communal lounge for residents. A new head office for Alpha Living will also be included in the development.
“Alpha is committed to providing dedicated housing designed to improve quality of life and reduce social isolation among older people,” said Graeme Foster, Alpha Living’s chief executive.
“Even before planning began, we worked closely with the local community to ensure the development would not only offer much needed accommodation to future residents, but also provide a number of benefits for the local community.
“The team at Lloyds Bank has been by our side throughout and, with the support of Homes England and Wirral Council, we’re pleased to say the project is running to schedule. The development is set to become a positive community asset for years to come.”
Steven Atwell, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, added: “Alpha Living is widely-recognised by its residents as a force for good in the communities it serves. That the organisation continues to deliver such impressive developments is testament to the team’s ambitious yet socially conscious nature.
“We’re proud to support businesses like Alpha Living as they invest in their future growth. That’s why we have committed £5.5billion of funding to the social housing sector as part of our plan to help Britain prosper.”
Main Image: (Left to right) Relationship director at Lloyds Bank, Steven Atwell; head of finance and resources at Alpha Living; Alison Williams, Wirral deputy mayor; Councillor George Davies; cabinet member for housing and planning, Councillor Stuart Whittingham; and chief executive at Alpha Living, Graeme Foster.