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Birchgrove and Hybr launch intergenerational living scheme

Birchgrove and Hybr launch intergenerational living scheme

Birchgrove and Hybr have announced an industry-first intergenerational living scheme which will see students and key workers live alongside retirees in the same purpose-built, privately rented retirement development. Ayrton House is a new 60-apartment rental retirement community in Mill Hill, North London. When launched in October this year, 16 apartments

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Network Rail and Citra Living to build 2,000 new homes

Network Rail and Citra Living to build 2,000 new homes

A collaboration has been established between blocwork, a joint venture between Network Rail and bloc group, and Citra Living, aiming to construct over 2,000 new homes throughout Great Britain. In the partnership, Network Rail Property (NRP) will draw potential sites from its extensive rail side property portfolio with bloc acting

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Plans submitted for student accommodation at The Island Quarter

Plans submitted for student accommodation at The Island Quarter

Plans have been submitted to build additional student accommodation at The Island Quarter in Nottingham. The plans submitted to Nottingham City Council would see a further 383-space student block built on the Manvers Road side of the £1.5bn Island Quarter development. Combined with the 693 beds at the adjacent Winfield

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Esh Construction brings housing development to Durham

Esh Construction brings housing development to Durham

Esh Construction has been selected to develop over 100 new homes in Pelton, Co Durham. The £25 million project will be delivered on the site of the former Roseberry Sports Community College and has been hailed as a welcome boost for local housing stock. The development will include 52 rent-to-buy

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Avant Homes starts £42m North Yorkshire development

Avant Homes starts £42m North Yorkshire development

Avant Homes has started construction on a £42 million, 150 new home multi-tenure development in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire. Called Bishop’s Quarter and located off Hodgsons Lane, the 18-acre development will comprise a mix of three-, four- and five-bedroom practically designed, energy efficient family homes. In addition, the housebuilder has announced

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Castle Green Partnerships to deliver 56 affordable homes

Castle Green Partnerships to deliver 56 affordable homes

Castle Green Partnerships is working with ClwydAlyn to deliver 56 energy efficient homes in Mynydd Isa. ClwydAlyn is the third housing association to partner with the St Asaph headquartered business, part of Castle Green Homes. Between the Mynydd Isa scheme, and developments on behalf of Adra and Torus, Castle Green

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Scheme to protect privately rented homes in Scarborough continues

Scheme to protect private rents in Scarborough continues

A scheme which protects the quality of privately rented homes in parts of Scarborough is to continue for another five years. North Yorkshire Council approved the selective licensing designation for parts of the Castle, Northstead and Falsgrave divisions in the seaside town. Selective licensing allows councils to designate areas where

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Plans submitted for the regeneration of Baltic Wharf in Totnes

Plans submitted for the regeneration of Baltic Wharf in Totnes

Plans have been submitted for the regeneration of Baltic Wharf in Totnes. The application for a new vision is to create a bespoke, high quality and sustainable mixed-use development, including improving the existing boatyard facilities, has been submitted by Baltic Wharf Developments Ltd – a joint venture between Acorn Property

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Livv Homes starts work on Warrington housing development

Livv Homes starts work on Warrington housing development

Construction work has started on the Livv Homes first affordable housing scheme in Warrington, Cheshire. The £5.2 million Parkside Place development on Wilderspool Causeway is set to support local people onto the property ladder with 29 apartments for Rent to Buy. Located within a predominately residential area along Wilderspool Causeway,

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Manchester to host first ever LGBTQ+ only housing

Manchester to host first ever LGBTQ+ only housing

A new public consultation has been launched on the development of the UK’s first purpose-built and co-produced majority LGBTQ+ Extra Care housing scheme in Whalley Range, south Manchester. Proposed by Great Places, the development is planned for the site of the former Spire Hospital in Russell Road, Whalley Range, which

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

Housing

Birchgrove and Hybr launch intergenerational living scheme

Birchgrove and Hybr launch intergenerational living scheme

Birchgrove and Hybr have announced an industry-first intergenerational living scheme which will see students and key workers live alongside retirees in the same purpose-built, privately rented retirement development. Ayrton House is a new 60-apartment rental retirement community in Mill Hill, North London. When launched in October this year, 16 apartments across the third and fourth floors will be offered exclusively to trainee doctors and nurses from the local hospital, university post-graduates and graduate scheme students. The scheme has been designed to generate a vibrant community by harnessing the benefits of intergenerational living, with several pieces of research highlighting how the model is physically and mentally beneficial for both the young and the elderly. A 2019 UCL study highlighted how increased social contact for elderly people is associated with a lower risk of developing dementia, while an Ageing Research study has highlighted how intergenerational living benefits the elderly by giving them a greater sense of purpose and combatting loneliness, in turn leading to a greater life expectancy. Further research has also demonstrated how younger people benefit from living with elderly people – by enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of the older generation and increasing their tolerance, empathy and understanding. The students will live at Ayrton House on short-term tenancies running until June 2025, sharing communal facilities with the development’s retirees – including full access to the gym and the same subsidised rates in the restaurant. Furthermore, the rent on the 16 student units will be approximately 50% of the market value. The project therefore means that students will have access to affordable, high-quality accommodation at a time when nearly two-thirds of all students are struggling to pay their rent. At the end of the tenancies in June 2025, the 16 student units will be vacated and restored to first-use state, before being let to retirees. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Network Rail and Citra Living to build 2,000 new homes

Network Rail and Citra Living to build 2,000 new homes

A collaboration has been established between blocwork, a joint venture between Network Rail and bloc group, and Citra Living, aiming to construct over 2,000 new homes throughout Great Britain. In the partnership, Network Rail Property (NRP) will draw potential sites from its extensive rail side property portfolio with bloc acting as developer, and Citra Living managing and operating these high-quality built-to-rent homes, with an option to acquire some of the sites. Citra Living is part of Lloyds Banking Group, which owns and operates a growing portfolio of more than 2,000 professionally managed homes for rent, improving access to good value, quality, and sustainable housing across the UK. Citra Living help to support investment into local communities by building and renting homes that people want, in the places they are needed. The brownfield regeneration of under-utilised railway land will further help the UK to meet its ambitious housing targets. Partnering with Citra Living will accelerate the provision of high-quality rental homes with excellent transport links in towns and cities, meeting local housing demand and creating sustainable communities. Schemes recently delivered across the Citra Living portfolio include Bristol, Chesterfield, Peterborough and Ashford. Robin Dobson, group property director at Network Rail, said: “This partnership, aimed at family living, is another key collaboration for NRP that will help us tangibly address the current housing crisis with thousands of new homes for families. These developments will also serve to breathe new life into towns and cities directly next to vital transport links.” Nick Legget, development director at blocwork, said: “The partnership between Citra Living and blocwork will see some 2,000 much-needed high-quality rental homes delivered to city centre brownfield areas. Having launched our first build-to-rent in the latter half of 2023, we’re now extending our offering further, this time providing high-quality homes for families. I’m excited to see how far the partnership between our organisations takes us in the years to come.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Plans submitted for student accommodation at The Island Quarter

Plans submitted for student accommodation at The Island Quarter

Plans have been submitted to build additional student accommodation at The Island Quarter in Nottingham. The plans submitted to Nottingham City Council would see a further 383-space student block built on the Manvers Road side of the £1.5bn Island Quarter development. Combined with the 693 beds at the adjacent Winfield Court – which main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland is expected to complete this summer – the 36-acre Island Quarter site will have a student population of more than a thousand if and when both phases are complete. The new proposals are from Day Architectural on behalf of developer The Conygar Investment Company, just like Winfield Court. They cover a range of accommodation types including cluster accommodation, studios and premium options, along with amenity facilities such as a gym, laundry room and various lounges. Following a similar material palette to Winfield Court, the designs combine grey, buff and red bricks on the building’s facade alongside ribbed metal cladding. Conygar property director Christopher Ware said: “The demand for student housing has never been greater. PBSA plays a vital role in ensuring that students have access to high-quality accommodation without the need to restrict housing supply that is better suited for Nottingham residents.” The new planning submission follows last May’s approval for a new 250,000 sq ft biosciences campus on the northern side of the site. Christopher Ware said: “Intergenerational living has been a core principle for our plans for The Island Quarter, and a healthy population of students is a crucial part of this mix. In a competitive marketplace, these well-designed plans put student experience at their heart, and we’re looking forward to seeing this phase move forward. “This latest proposal is one of a series of planning submissions currently in the pipeline, building on the success of the first phases of the development at 1 The Island Quarter and Winfield Court.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Esh Construction brings housing development to Durham

Esh Construction brings housing development to Durham

Esh Construction has been selected to develop over 100 new homes in Pelton, Co Durham. The £25 million project will be delivered on the site of the former Roseberry Sports Community College and has been hailed as a welcome boost for local housing stock. The development will include 52 rent-to-buy properties, a mix of two and three bedroom family homes aimed at people looking to take the first steps on the property ladder, alongside 31 apartments and eight bungalows for over 50s. Chris Hale, Esh’s Pre-Construction Director, said: “This is a significant contract award for our affordable housing division, and we’re delighted to build on our successful working relationship by securing another scheme with Karbon Homes. “More than 70 properties will be built utilising timber frame, providing additional environmental efficiencies throughout the build process. We look forward to getting work underway and delivering more environmentally friendly new build affordable homes across the North East.” The development will be part-funded through Karbon’s £165 million strategic partnership with Homes England, to develop 2,200 much-needed affordable homes across the North East and Yorkshire by 2028. The new homes in Durham have been designed to meet the highest energy efficiency standards by Esh Construction. The houses and bungalows will all achieve an energy performance certificate rating of A, will be fitted with solar photovoltaic panels and electric charging points, and will be powered by air source heat pumps. The apartments will also benefit from a communal green heating system, with heating and hot water provided by an exhaust air source heat pump. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Avant Homes starts £42m North Yorkshire development

Avant Homes starts £42m North Yorkshire development

Avant Homes has started construction on a £42 million, 150 new home multi-tenure development in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire. Called Bishop’s Quarter and located off Hodgsons Lane, the 18-acre development will comprise a mix of three-, four- and five-bedroom practically designed, energy efficient family homes. In addition, the housebuilder has announced it has sold 15 properties off plan ahead of work starting on site. Bishop’s Quarter features 14 of Avant Homes’ house types. Prices range from £289,995 for a three-bedroom semi-detached property to £549,995 for a five-bedroom detached home. Of the 150 homes being built, 40 per cent have been designated to affordable housing. Avant Homes has also committed to a community contribution of around £625,000 to support local highways, infrastructure, a waste and recycling contribution and a travel plan. A three-bedroom detached Cadeby showhome is due to open in April with the first homes set to be ready for occupation in Summer 2024. Avant Homes North Yorkshire managing director, Matt Oldfield, said: “We always knew Bishop’s Quarter would prove to be extremely popular. Sherburn-in-Elmet is a great place to live with both excellent amenities and straightforward access to Selby, Tadcaster, Leeds and York. “This is demonstrated by us selling 15 multi-tenure homes off plan before work has started on site, and by the significant number of interested prospective buyers who have been in touch with us. “Bishop’s Quarter will be another great example of us delivering on our promises of providing quality new homes for everyone and creating vibrant communities wherever we build.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Castle Green Partnerships to deliver 56 affordable homes

Castle Green Partnerships to deliver 56 affordable homes

Castle Green Partnerships is working with ClwydAlyn to deliver 56 energy efficient homes in Mynydd Isa. ClwydAlyn is the third housing association to partner with the St Asaph headquartered business, part of Castle Green Homes. Between the Mynydd Isa scheme, and developments on behalf of Adra and Torus, Castle Green Partnerships is set to deliver more than 900 affordable homes in the next three to four years. Full planning permission for the Mold Road scheme in Mynydd Isa was originally granted to ClwydAlyn in January 2021. Castle Green Partnerships stepped in and submitted an application to amend the house types in July 2023, after a previous contractor withdrew from the scheme. Enabling works started on site in August 2023 and the revised plans were approved in October. Partnerships director Eoin O’Donnell said: “This is the first site that Castle Green Partnerships will deliver for ClwydAlyn. Initially we were contracted for the construction of the roads and sewers and subsequently agreed to build out the full site, cementing our growing relationship with ClwydAlyn. This represents a significant step forward for the Partnerships side of our business and brings the total number of affordable homes we are contracted to deliver to more than 900. “The need for affordable housing has never been greater. We aim to provide well designed, fuel-efficient, high quality affordable homes. The Mynydd Isa scheme will provide a valuable and much-needed contribution to the affordable housing in Flintshire, with a mix of properties for social and and intermediate rent.” Across the development there will be range of homes from one-bedroom apartments, to two and three-bedroom bungalows, to two and three-bedroom houses. Enabling works started on site in August 2023. The first homes will be ready to move into in winter 2024, with the overall development expected to be completed by autumn 2025. The homes in Mynydd Isa are part of ClwydAlyn ambitious development programme to deliver 1,500 new homes in North Wales by 2025, with an overall expected investment of £250 million. The homes will include solar panels and batteries, air source heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points, ensuring that they are energy efficient and cost effective to run. To support the areas surrounding wildlife, a bat barn will be constructed on site to facilitate roosting for local colonies. There will also be 1.5 acres of open space provided as part of the development, including areas of low seeding mix and planting to benefit the microclimate. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Scheme to protect privately rented homes in Scarborough continues

Scheme to protect private rents in Scarborough continues

A scheme which protects the quality of privately rented homes in parts of Scarborough is to continue for another five years. North Yorkshire Council approved the selective licensing designation for parts of the Castle, Northstead and Falsgrave divisions in the seaside town. Selective licensing allows councils to designate areas where there is a high concentration of privately rented housing, and where there may be issues of poor property conditions and management within those properties, plus associated issues such as high levels of deprivation or anti-social behaviour. Executive member for culture, arts and housing, Cllr Simon Myers, said: “Selective licensing is one of the ways we can tackle the problems of poor quality and poorly managed accommodation in the private rented sector as well as address anti-social behaviour. “The private rented sector within the designated area equates to just over 50 per cent of all the homes there so it is vital we look after the interests of the people who rent them as poor housing can have a big impact on health and social care. We have many good landlords and this scheme aims to help both them and their tenants. “Under the Scarborough scheme, which comes into force on 01 June and lasts five years, all privately rented properties within the designated area will have to be licensed by us.” The period of designation will last for five years and include conditions aimed at ensuring licensed properties are safe, meet basic standards and are managed in a satisfactory way. The landlord licence fee is £695 per single-household property to cover the five-year period of the designation. This will be used for the running cost of the scheme. Extra charges will apply for multiple-household properties. Discounts may be available for landlords applying early or if they are a member of a recognised landlord association. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Plans submitted for the regeneration of Baltic Wharf in Totnes

Plans submitted for the regeneration of Baltic Wharf in Totnes

Plans have been submitted for the regeneration of Baltic Wharf in Totnes. The application for a new vision is to create a bespoke, high quality and sustainable mixed-use development, including improving the existing boatyard facilities, has been submitted by Baltic Wharf Developments Ltd – a joint venture between Acorn Property Group and TQ9 Partnership LLP. Across a nine-hectare site at the southern end of the town of Totnes, the scheme – coined ‘Riverside at Baltic Wharf’ – will secure the future and ongoing viability of the boatyard, offer the potential for a major employment boost to the town and deliver much needed homes and care home. The scheme updates an extant planning permission from 2012 and builds on the first phase of development of 95 homes delivered by Bloor Homes in 2013. The updating from the original permission was required to replace the Retirement Village, which has proved impossible to deliver for over ten years, with a Care Home and respond to increased flood risk requirements with a raised walkway through the site. The delivery of the residential units will help to future-proof the boatyard by funding the new boatyard facilities and marine business space. In addition, Acorn will also provide a 25-year lease for the boatyard to ensure a sustainable and viable long-term future. The application has potential for significant uplift in employment and economic benefits from the site. It is estimated that the scheme will create around 350 full-time jobs with purpose-built employment areas in the boatyard, the care home, and office and café/restaurant facilities. In addition to providing 194 new homes, 31 of which are anticipated to be classed as affordable in the first phase, a 55-bed care home is included in the application, in line with the previous consented scheme and allocation. The number of dwellings is similar to the numbers in outline application with residential dwellings replacing the retirement village dwellings. This is in line with the Local Plan which was wholly based on the approved outline scheme. Sustainability sits at the heart of the application for the redevelopment of this underutilised brownfield site. This is due to the proximity to the town as well as measures including a ‘fabric first’ policy, electricity replacing gas and a transport policy promoting alternative transport measures and limiting the number of cars and also including solar panels and EV charging points. Ed Lewis, regional director at Acorn Property Group and on behalf of Baltic Wharf Developments Ltd, commented: “Since we began preparing the proposals for this application in 2020, we have undertaken a significant consultation programme with the District and Local Council, other stakeholder organisations and with the public. “We have listened to the thoughts and views of local people and considered the future needs of the town. As a result, we believe this application sets out a scheme which meets these needs, delivers a viable regeneration project compatible with the Local Plan. “We believe that this scheme sets out a positive vision for the future, for the local people and local businesses. Crucially, it will help to secure a sustainable future for the boatyard, an important local employment site in need of modernisation and regeneration.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Livv Homes starts work on Warrington housing development

Livv Homes starts work on Warrington housing development

Construction work has started on the Livv Homes first affordable housing scheme in Warrington, Cheshire. The £5.2 million Parkside Place development on Wilderspool Causeway is set to support local people onto the property ladder with 29 apartments for Rent to Buy. Located within a predominately residential area along Wilderspool Causeway, the five-storey contemporary apartment block will comprise 21 one-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments. There will also be 32 parking spaces, associated landscaping, cycle and refuse storage. Livv has secured grant funding from Homes England to support the delivery of the scheme in Warrington. Northwest construction company, PGS Projects, has been appointed principal contractor. Yvonne Westhead-Fyles, Director of Development, Growth and Sales at Livv Housing Group, said: “We’re excited to be bringing Parkside Place to Warrington – our first development in the area. With house prices in Warrington averaging over £250,000 and the town experiencing significant population growth, many first-time buyers are finding it difficult to get onto the property ladder. “Parkside Place will bring high quality and affordable new homes to meet local housing need, enhancing the sustainability of the neighbourhood and community, whilst providing a pathway to home ownership through Rent to Buy. “We’re aiming to provide 1,000 new homes over the next three years across the Liverpool City Region, Warrington and West Lancashire. We’re building in places where we can make the greatest impact and Parkside Place will contribute to creating a thriving community, whilst establishing our presence in Warrington. We’re delighted to be here.” The scheme is utilising Modern Methods of Construction, such as structural insulated panels (SIPS). Graeme Spencer, Managing Director at PGS, commented: “Building new homes is essential to meet the growing demand for affordable housing in the UK and we are thrilled to be working with Livv on Parkside Place. “At the heart of our new construction project is a commitment to sustainability. We are using the latest technology and materials to ensure that our homes are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. “We are proud to be part of this exciting project and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on the community. Working in partnership with Livv, together we are creating a better future for everyone.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Manchester to host first ever LGBTQ+ only housing

Manchester to host first ever LGBTQ+ only housing

A new public consultation has been launched on the development of the UK’s first purpose-built and co-produced majority LGBTQ+ Extra Care housing scheme in Whalley Range, south Manchester. Proposed by Great Places, the development is planned for the site of the former Spire Hospital in Russell Road, Whalley Range, which was demolished in 2019 and the brownfield site has since remained vacant. The proposals for the majority Extra Care housing scheme have been developed with the input of the Russell Road Community Steering Group, Manchester City Council and LGBT Foundation. The planned scheme will deliver 80 one- and two-bedroom social rented apartments for older people in a brick building of four to five storeys. The low-carbon scheme will include shared facilities, lounges and treatment rooms and landscaped gardens which will look to ensure an overall net gain of trees on the site. Extra Care housing developments look to increase the affordable housing opportunities for older people to move into high quality accommodation, with flexible care and support services available to meet changing needs encouraging independent living. The residents will be required to be aged 55 years or over, with the majority of residents being members of the LGBTQ+ community from Manchester. Living alongside allies and other members of the local community, the aim is to provide an open and inclusive, physical and psychological place of safety for the older LGBTQ+ community and a welcome addition to the Whalley Range area. The site will also include a neighbouring separate shared ownership block consisting of around 40 apartments, a mix of 1 and 2 bed apartments, delivering affordable homes to first time buyers and eligible customers, helping to address emerging affordability issues in places such as Whalley Range. Residents will be able to see the plans and give their views at public consultation meetings at the site on Russell Road on Friday 12 January 2-8pm and Saturday 13 January from 12-2pm. Members of the local community will also be able to provide their views online by visiting https://ourvoice.greatplaces.org.uk/russell-road-your-views or by contacting Chris.Baldwin@greatplaces.org.uk by 8 March. Commenting on the launch of the consultation Helen Spencer, our Executive Director of Growth, said: “We are delighted to launch our public consultation for this exciting and innovative project, which aims to create the UK’s first purpose-built and co-produced LGBTQ+ Extra Care housing scheme in Whalley Range. “Russell Road will provide high-quality, affordable, and inclusive homes for older people who identify as LGBT+ or allies, as well as shared ownership opportunities for local residents. We believe this scheme will not only meet the specific needs and aspirations of the LGBT+ community, but also enhance the diversity and vibrancy of Whalley Range as a neighbourhood. “We look forward to hearing the views of the local community and working with our partners, Manchester City Council and LGBT Foundation, to make this vision a reality.” Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “This is landmark development for Manchester’s LGBTQ+ community and there has been a lot of interest in this development already. We know there is a gap in the market for affordable housing for older people where care needs are met onsite – and where they can feel accepted and live with dignity. “Critical to this project has been the co-production process with our community steering group that have helped guide the design principles for these homes to ensure they meet the needs of future residents. “Now it’s the time to present the proposals to the wider community – and I’d urge as many people as possible to take a look and give us their thoughts. This feedback really does help ensure developments like this complement and enhance our neighbourhoods.” Paul Martin, CEO at LGBT Foundation, said: “LGBT Foundation is proud to have been involved in the development of the LGBT+ majority Extra Care housing scheme in Whalley Range since it was proposed some years ago. “The views of the local community are key to making this development a success and we encourage people to use their voice to help shape the future of this landmark project, to ensure it offers a safe and welcoming home for older LGBT+ people.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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