Work to extend a City of York Council sheltered accommodation scheme is progressing well with a ‘topping out’ ceremony for the two bungalows which residents will move into later this summer.
Glen Lodge Housing with Extra Care Scheme is being extended as part of the council’s plans to modernise accommodation for older people in the city with 25 new flats and two new bungalows being built. Accommodation is being designed specifically for the needs of people with dementia.
Whilst the bungalows are being ‘topped out’ work on the 25 flats is progressing well, the main building is at second floor level and first fit electrics are going into the lower floors. As part of the works the entrance to the existing building will be re-vamped, allowing easier access for friends, relatives and the wider community to enjoy the facilities at Glen Lodge. Planning consent was recently given for the entrance changes and work will take place in the early summer.
Glen Lodge is seeing £4 million of investment to increase and further improve care services for older people. The work is part of the Older People’s Accommodation Programme which aims to give older people more choice and control about the care and support they receive.
William Birch is carrying out the works and has had a number of apprentices working on the project. Danny Langdon, David Hayes and Chris Horsley, all at various stages of their bricklaying apprenticeships with York College, are working under their mentor, Steve Bailey, a highly-skilled bricklayer.
The company’s construction director Simon Potter said: “Our apprentices have been working on the project from the early stages of construction and are gaining valuable experience on a project in the community in which they live.
“They take great pride in their work and their commitment to achieving high standards of craftsmanship is more than encouraging.
“In an industry with a skills shortage we are delighted that we are able to continue to train apprentices every year and also to have great retention rates beyond completion of their apprenticeship.”
Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “It is great to see work is progressing to provide 27 new homes for older people – built with the help of apprentices. With York’s population of people aged 75 and older expected to rise by 50 per cent by 2030, the extension of Glen Lodge is a part of our city-wide plan to modernise accommodation for older people in which high quality services can be delivered.
“We hope to have residents moving in later this summer and having access to modern facilities and offering people more choice and control regarding the care we receive and I look forward to seeing the completed extension in the coming months.”