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Independent living apartments complete

Sewell has completed the construction of 35 apartments, offering older residents high-quality apartments where they can live independently and well.

The £3.4 million Lincoln Court project offers 15 new build and 20 completely refurbished one-bedroomed apartments.

The development has a large communal lounge, kitchen, meeting rooms, two laundries and a salon which people living in or outside the scheme can use. A new guest suite for visiting family and friends of tenants will also help maintain family links.

Lincoln Court’s newly landscaped gardens open out to the historic Hob Moor nature reserve which is overlooked by the new balconies on the first and second floors.

The scheme is the latest of eight projects Sewell has delivered with the Authority, including the soon to complete Beehive, a purpose-built centre for children and young people with autism, learning disabilities and additional health needs.

Rob Cawkwell, Managing Director at Sewell Construction, said:

“It has been a pleasure to deliver such a wonderful scheme for a long-standing client. After recently completing a similar facility for the elderly in Hull, it’s great to be continuing to be a part of the transformation of elderly care in the region.

“The scheme has, of course, had its challenges with COVID-19 but, by working collaboratively with City of York Council, our supply chain and the community, we have delivered a quality place to live for residents.

“Facilities like this are very much needed for the elderly within our communities and even more so with the current pandemic, offering residents increased independence and support, whilst also helping them to feel safe in their home. We’re very proud to play a part in the delivery of City of York Council’s transformation plan.”

All the generously-sized homes are available for social rent by eligible people aged 60 and over or who have a specific need for this type of accommodation. This is the council’s first independent living community extension designed specifically to meet the needs of wheelchair users.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “We have listened to what older people have told us and this refurbishment and the newly built accommodation will allow tenants to stay within their chosen community, which is clearly what they prefer to do.

“Combined with a high-quality build, tenants can enjoy living independently, confident in the surroundings that they know and with support to hand should they need it. I’m delighted with the project.”

Vicky Japes, Head of the Older Persons Accommodation Programme, is delighted at the outcome.

“Lincoln Court is a credit to the whole project team. I know the project has presented some challenges to us all but when we look at where we all started with this project and what we have managed to deliver together, we are very proud of what has been achieved. I know that we have created some lovely homes for our residents and some great facilities for the wider community.”