The Hull Extra Care PFI partnership between Wates Residential North and our client Riverside has delivered 316 apartments across three sites on behalf of Hull City Council.
The schemes; Harrison Park at Hall Road, Cecil Gardens at Hawthorn Avenue and Redwood Glades at Leads Road, will provide much needed Extra Care housing for the city of Hull.
Hull was the only council in the country to retain funding from the Department of Health to develop Extra Care facilities following Government spending cuts. The developments funded will help meet the growing demand for support for people with care needs – including working age people with disabilities, mental health needs and dementia, as well as older people – enabling them to live independently while having access to care and support.
The 316 one and two bedroom apartments are designed to be adaptable so people can continue to live within their communities as their needs change over time. Features include sprinklers, heat, smoke and flood detectors, a secure video entry system at each site, fully fitted kitchens complete with washer/dryer, fridge, freezer, hob and oven, wet-room, living/dining rooms and one or two bedrooms.
The developments provide a balance of independence and reassurance with people able to enjoy the privacy of their own home, making a valuable contribution to the options available for people in Hull.
Product delivery approach
Bringing together housing, support and care under the same roof, the homes will help to meet the growing demand for people with care needs, enabling them to live independently in a modern, vibrant environment, designed to provide a balance of independence and reassurance.
The PFI contract covers the construction of the three new buildings and their management and maintenance over a 25-year period.
Each building is also designed to be a community hub with facilities such as communal garden areas, a restaurant and a hair salon for the benefit of both the residents and those in the surrounding areas.
Each of the three schemes also features specially commissioned artworks and sculptures from prominent local and national artists, which reference various aspects of Hull’s history, culture and natural habitats.
The Extra Care PFI is a landmark project for the city of Hull and a key driver for the project team was to ensure that community investment and local benefits were maximised.
Wates Residential North worked closely with the project partners and a number of local agencies including Cityworks and Hull Training and Adult Education to ensure that opportunities were promoted effectively to local people.
Community investment highlights included:
- 52 apprentices supported across the three Extra Care PFI sites, including 36 local apprentices, across a range of technical trades and professional specialisms
- 46 NVQ training courses supported for both Wates and sub-contractor personnel
- 41 short courses delivered for project operatives, including safety and trade-specific practical training
- Five construction careers fairs delivered across Hull, in partnership with Futureworks (Yorkshire,) Cityworks, Hull City Council and Hull Training and Adult Education
- 18 work experience placements for local people, totalling 85 weeks of training across a range of trade and professional skills
- Community projects as part of Wates’ ‘Reshaping Tomorrow Week’ including landscaping a memorial garden and refurbishment a community centre