Works at Lincoln’s new De Wint Court Extra Care facility are now complete, with residents set to move in next month.
City of Lincoln Council and guests, including the Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Lincoln, who officially opened the £12 million 50 one-bed and 20 two-bed apartment extra care facility on Bowden Drive on 22 March.
Those in attendance for the opening of the city council-owned facility also included City of Lincoln Council’s Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing, Cllr Donald Nannestad, Councillor Mrs Wendy Bowkett, the county council’s Executive Member for Adult Care and Public Health, contractors Esh Construction, Lincoln Tenants' Panel and photography competition winners, whose work can be found on display around the building.
Guests of the celebration event were also able to sample afternoon tea from the site’s new restaurant Holly’s Meals Ltd, which is due to open to the public next month, serving a range of freshly made meals, drinks and cakes.
This redevelopment of De Wint Court plays 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.
Jointly funded between City of Lincoln Council, Homes England and Lincolnshire County Council, the facility has 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 aims 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: “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.
“De Wint will play a vital part in our commitment to provide quality homes, to meet the diverse housing need within the city, and I welcome our new residents to the development.”
Stuart Leslie, Divisional Director at Esh Construction added: “We are proud to have delivered this fantastic new extra care facility in Lincoln, providing high quality and much-needed new homes to enable people to live independently with onsite care and support.
“Throughout this scheme we worked hard to maximise the social and economic benefits for the local area. Through our commitment to employing locally, more than 70 operatives were Lincolnshire residents, and 24 new jobs were created for local people who were previously unemployed.”
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."
Christine Seaton Senior Manager – Affordable Housing Growth at Homes England said: “This is a high-quality development of apartments for older people that will support independent living and contribute to their wellbeing and the wider community. I am pleased to see these homes completed and ready for new residents.
“Homes England recognises and supports homes that make a meaningful contribution to people’s lives and their community.
“We are pleased to work in partnership with the City of Lincoln and Lincolnshire County Council to make these homes happen.”
For more information regarding De Wint Court, and to look through the brochure, visit lincoln.gov.uk/dewintcourt.