Work underway at Southend supported living scheme

Work on a new supported living scheme in Southend-on-Sea is now starting.

Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is developing 33 apartments at the Sutton Road site in a £4.8 million scheme supported by investment from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The development is being built by Sanctuary’s contractors UK Construction Ltd and on completion, will replace Chalkwell Lodge, an existing supported living scheme in Westcliff-on-Sea.

National mental health charity Richmond Fellowship currently runs Chalkwell Lodge and will also manage the new scheme in Sutton Road, which will have more specialised facilities, as well as one wheelchair standard apartment, communal areas for residents, office space and staff accommodation.

Sanctuary hosted a special event on Wednesday 26 March to formally mark the start of construction at Sutton Road, with those involved in the project invited along to view the plans for the development and have a first-hand look at the site itself. This included representatives from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Richmond Fellowship as well as service user Paul Mills, a current resident at Chalkwell Lodge.

Councillor Margaret Borton dug the first spade into the ground to celebrate the start of work at the site.

Chris Cole, Sanctuary’s head of development – east and south east, said:

“This development is set to provide much-needed supported accommodation for Southend and we are pleased to be working closely with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to deliver this. The bespoke design of the apartments and the communal facilities will ensure that residents can live independently in a safe and secure environment with the care they need on hand.”

Councillor Lesley Salter, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing, said:

“This is a very exciting development to give vulnerable residents the vital opportunity to live independently in a safe and supportive environment. We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Sanctuary Group on this development, and are extremely grateful for the Government funding enabling us to do so.”

Richmond Fellowship locality manager Lesley Brady said:

“We’re really excited about this new development as it means our residents will be able to live in self-contained flats rather than the more communal accommodation we’re currently using. This will make it much easier for us to support them to develop the independent living skills they need to be able to move on to their own homes.”

Jaz Sahota, Director at UK Construction Ltd, added:

“UK Construction Ltd are delighted to partner Sanctuary Group in the construction process to deliver a much needed specialist facility to the local community. The overall design specification and quality of the finished scheme will ensure a very good standard of living for the tenants.”

The Sutton Road scheme is due for completion in Spring 2015.