Bassetlaw District Council is continuing to make significant investment in its accommodation for older people by modernising and improving its Independent Living Centre in Harworth and Bircotes.
The Westmoreland House project is taking place as part of the Council’s plan to improve all of its Independent Living Centre accommodation across the district as part of a five-year partnership with specialist design and build company Fortem.
The works are on track to be completed by summer 2024 with the buildings’ exterior almost complete and internal works well underway. The finished scheme will offer 33 one-bedroomed flats, all fitted with wet rooms for residents over the age of 60. There will also be a new central courtyard and communal areas across the site.
Jonathan Slater, Cabinet Member for Housing and Estates said: “It’s great to see the progress that’s been made at Westmoreland House.
“Projects like these are vital in helping our older residents. It gives them a place to feel safe and reduces isolation whilst also providing them with high quality, good value living.
“We’re proud of the work we are doing to improve the standard of the homes at our Independent Living Centres and working with Fortem has allowed us to consider the residents who will call them home, from the start of the project to the finish.”
The properties will also have a number of energy efficient measures installed including: a future proofed gas heating system that could be upgraded to be fuelled by a gas and hydrogen mix when required, electric heating that will be powered by a solar power PV system, upgraded ventilation and air conditioning to ensure communal areas are as comfortable as possible, upgraded windows and external wall insulation.
Smart monitoring systems will also be installed to ensure the building does not become at risk of damp and mould in the future. The site will also have an interactive warden call system that promotes social inclusion for those at risk of loneliness.
Dan Booler, Site Manager at Westmoreland House said “It’s great to be involved in upgrading these types of buildings, knowing that we will be improving the lives of the residents gives us real satisfaction.
“As part of our brief, we were asked to improve the energy efficiency of the building and our design team have managed to ensure that the building does not only meet current building regulations, but exceeds them in regard to heat loss and energy standards. This also acknowledges the cost of living ensuring that the systems we install are affordable to run for the residents.”
The Westmoreland House project runs alongside a £4m renovation of Larwood House in Worksop. The renovations of Conway Gardens in Retford and Swallow Court in Misterton are set to commence from 2025 and consultation with residents there on potential improvements are already underway.
Last Updated on Monday, February 19, 2024