Darwen housing-with-care scheme scoops industry award

Riverside Heights (Demo)

A housing scheme in Darwen, Lancashire, designed to support people over 50 with care needs has won a building industry award.

Riverside Heights (main picture), a partnership between Together Housing Group and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, was named as Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development at Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.

Along with its 85 self-contained apartments, the development features a restaurant and hair and beauty salon that are open to the wider community.

“Riverside Heights is designed to bridge the gap for people struggling to live on their own and residential care. The service is flexible and responsive, so residents can continue to be supported as their needs change,” said Sue Lewis, Together Housing’s head of supported housing.

“We are delighted that the scheme, which offers residents privacy and independence alongside tailored support services, has been independently recognised as an example of best practice.”

Sayyed Osman, director of adults and prevention at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said: “The innovative housing development at Riverside Heights extends the range of housing and care options for older people in the borough. It offers residents the reassurance of extra support being on hand if needed, helping people to maintain their independence for longer, as well as providing a wide range of modern facilities on site.”

The panel of expert judges said: “The judges were in agreement that Riverside Heights is a stand-out example of top-quality specialised housing with care for the elderly. This scheme is truly part of the community with a restaurant open to local people and a stepped-up care provision for those who need it so they do not have to move.”

LABC chief executive Paul Everall said: “Our building excellence awards are an opportunity for the industry to celebrate good practice. Our winners demonstrate how positive working relationships with local council building control teams achieve high quality, sustainable buildings. Our awards are unique because they recognise how this cooperation improves building standards and professionalism across the industry.”



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