Innovative new specialist supported housing scheme for Bartley Green breaks ground

Bartley Green

Work has begun on a £4.5 million specialist supported housing scheme for adults with physical and learning difficulties and their families in Bartley Green.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Raymond Hassall, cut the first sod of ground with a commemorative spade at the ground breaking ceremony held on the Wychbury Road site yesterday (Thursday 25 February).

The scheme comprises two blocks of 16 purpose-built apartments know as Newman Gardens and Birch Tree Place. A third block of nine higher complex care apartments, known as Poplar House, will also be built as part of the scheme.

Designed in partnership with Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care, working with the Local Authority commissioning team, the development will provide a safe environment for residents to live independently in the community.

On-site support will be available to the residents and the accommodation will also offer full adaptive technology.

In addition to the specialist supported housing scheme, HB Villages and contractor Lovell will deliver a total of 18 family houses, available on a range of tenures, bringing the total value of the development to £6million.

Speaking about the new development Mark Dyson, head of new build development at Lifeways said: “Lifeways is delighted to be part of such an exciting and innovative development, adding to the landscape of services available in the West Midlands.

“From the overall building design, to the layout of each individual home, this scheme is being developed to provide high quality and adapted accommodation to ensure tenants are able to live active and independent lives within the local community.”

David Jarvie, regional operations manager for the South at Inclusion Housing, said: “The developments comprising the Bartley Green scheme are fantastic example of what can be achieved through innovative partnership working between statutory, not for profit and private sectors.

“Inclusion Housing is proud to be part of this scheme and the best bit is yet to come; welcoming the tenants into their new homes. We look forward to working in partnership with Lifeways and Birmingham City Council in ensuring this development provides a fantastic home for the most vulnerable people in the region for years to come.

Alastair Sheehan, development director of HB Villages, said: “This development will help tackle the issue of isolation faced by vulnerable adults in Bartley Green and the surrounding region. It will give tenants the choice to live where they want to, independently and in a safe environment, with care support and technology blended in the background. It’s fantastic to see the work reaching this stage and I look forward to returning and meeting the people who will proudly call this development their home.”

HB Villages was formed in May 2012 in order to deliver a pipeline of new build specialist supported housing accommodation throughout the UK. Working in partnership with local commissioners, HB Villages along with project partners Inclusion Housing CIC and care provider Lifeways have developed a unique model of specialist supported housing that demonstrates an innovative and commercial approach, which can be replicated nationally without the need for housing subsidy.