An £11m project will revitalise a historic factory in Prescot – transforming it into much-needed housing to support older people in the area.
Knowsley Housing Trust, part of the First Ark Group, together with partners Knowsley Council and developers lIiad Mason LLP, have secured investment to build 70 new homes as part of an extra care scheme at the former watch factory on Albany Road.
As well as investment from Knowsley Housing Trust and Knowsley Council, the project has received support from a £122m Department of Health fund for schemes such as this that help older or disabled people live independently.
The project, a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, will create the largest extra care development in Knowsley, helping people to live independently with varying levels of care and support on site.
It will include 54 apartments in the Grade II listed factory building and 16 bungalows, of which six will be available for shared ownership. The development will also include security, communal gardens, a restaurant, hairdresser and social rooms.
Ian Thomson, Executive Director of Asset Management at KHT, said: “This development will address the housing needs of older people and accommodate for a projected increase of 15 per cent in the number of over 50s in Prescot from 2009 to 2019.
“This is an important site for Prescot with a proud heritage. Now we can bring it back to life and make it more in tune with the town centre, which is itself receiving a multi-million pound makeover as part of the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative, making Prescot a location of choice.”
The listed buildings will be retained and redeveloped and the rest of the land will be cleared ready for new construction – ensuring the project celebrates Prescot’s rich heritage while regenerating the site and bringing it into the 21st century.
'Extra Care' is the only accommodation for older people that offers carers the opportunity to continue to live with the person they are caring for alongside paid support. The development will also provide transitional care for people leaving hospital before returning home.
Cllr Dave Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills, said: “This is fantastic news that not only have we secured vital funding, but also such a prestigious site in Prescot will be redeveloped. This will provide much needed extra care facilities in the borough as well as offering a wider choice of residential homes in the heart of Prescot town centre.
“This project is part of our on-going commitment to invest in and attract visitors, residents and businesses into Prescot. I look forward to seeing work commencing soon.”
The new properties, the first of which will be available in early 2015, will achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and will be built to Lifetime Homes standards.
The design will be contemporary, spacious and light with landscaped outdoor areas and even a ‘living’ plant wall.
A second phase of development at the site is also planned that will create a further 62 new affordable homes, which will also be able to link into the extra care services.
Artists impressions of how the new development will look when complete.