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Willmott Dixon lands Brighton extra care housing

Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Brighton and Hove City Council for a £12 million contract to build 44 extra care apartments for people over 55.

The company was chosen through Scape Group’s Major Works framework to deliver the Brooke Mead Extra Care Housing development in Albion Street, Brighton. The scheme is on the site of a former council owned sheltered housing scheme which will be demolished to make way for apartments primarily targeted at people with low to moderate dementia.

Nearly 25 per cent of Willmott Dixon’s residential construction activity is in the care and retirement sector, with local authorities and Registered Providers investing significantly in accommodation for over 55s as this demographic continues to grow. It is also the company’s first scheme for Brighton and Hove City Council and will include new communal spaces, landscaping, cycle and scooter parking for residents as well as new community facilities such as meeting rooms, café etc.

Brighton & Hove has a growing population including a significant increase in the number of older people with a support need. The investment in Brooke Mead is part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s commitment to developing housing solutions for those in housing need, including vulnerable older people. The Brooke Mead scheme will provide independence and dignity by enabling people to live in their own home for longer in a supported environment.

Willmott Dixon’s managing director for residential construction in the Southern Counties David Issott: “We already have a presence in Brighton where our interiors company is delivering a £20 million upgrade to the university’s Cockcroft building. We are delighted to add to this with our residential capabilities to create new modern homes for local people who want to live independently while also having access to facilities for care and assistance when needed.

“This will be a high quality extra care scheme that offers older people a dignified environment which enhances their quality of life when complete in 2017.”

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024