Works on Lincoln’s new De Wint Court Extra Care facility are nearing completion, with internal fittings now commencing.
City of Lincoln Council and contractors Esh Construction have confirmed the building for the new 50 one-bed and 20 two-bed apartment extra care facility on Bowden Drive is nearing completion, with an opening expected for the end of the year.
Once complete, the redevelopment of De Wint Court will play a vital part in the city council’s commitment to provide quality homes at affordable rents, to meet the diverse housing need within the city.
The jointly funded scheme between City of Lincoln Council, Homes England and Lincolnshire County Council will have care provision available, non-resident management and support staff, a wellbeing suite, changing places facility, restaurant and salon.
De Wint Court has been designed in such a way that allows it to respond to individuals changing care needs with on-site care support.
It will aim to enhance quality of life and give people the provision to stay within their local communities and access services close to home.
Cllr Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council said: “Following our visit today, I am very pleased with the progression of works, and look forward to seeing the final product later this year.
“These new apartments will enable residents to maintain independence in their own homes as their needs change with care providers arranged by the county council.
“Once complete, De Wint will play a vital part in our commitment to provide quality homes at affordable rents, to meet the diverse housing need within the city.”
Stuart Leslie, Divisional Director at Esh Construction added: “Construction of De Wint Court is progressing well, and the team continue to work hard to manage additional challenges faced as a result of the pandemic.
“It is well documented that our ageing society is creating a growing shortage of retirement living options.
“As a contractor, we’re proud to be playing our part in building communities where people can spend their later life through schemes like De Wint Court.”
Councillor Wendy Bowkett, Lincolnshire County Council's executive member for Adult Care, said: "This type of accommodation will be vital going forward with the forecast increase of older aged people and vulnerable adults in the county. It will provide quality accommodation for these groups who want to remain in their own homes but also gives them the option of on-site care.
"It will mean we can reinvest in preventative services, stopping people from becoming ill, whilst promoting wellbeing and independence.”
Christine Seaton Senior Manager – Affordable Housing Growth at Homes England said: “At Homes England we are pleased to support the development of high-quality extra care housing using affordable housing grant and working in partnership with the City of Lincoln.
“When De Wint Court is complete it will provide much needed 1 and 2 bed homes for rent to the over 55s and contribute to their wellbeing and building a thriving community. I am delighted with the progress made so far and look forward to seeing the completed scheme later this year.”
For more information regarding De Wint Court, and to look through the brochure, visit lincoln.gov.uk/dewintcourt.