Progress revealed on flagship extra care scheme

Leeds, Leeds Star

The impressive exterior and scale of the council’s first extra care scheme was revealed when scaffolding came down earlier this month.

Construction on Wharfedale View in Yeadon, the flagship extra care scheme run by Leeds City Council, started a year ago and is due to be completed in three months.

With major works largely wrapped up on the fabric of the building, contractor Henry Boot construction will be finishing the high quality fit out of the interior ready for people to move in later this year.

The apartments are specifically for older people who will be able to retain their independence in one of 18 one-bedroom or 27 two-bedroom homes.

Available for rent or shared ownership, people will choose how they want to be supported as their care needs change in a safe environment.

As well as health and care needs being catered for by newly appointed Roche Healthcare Ltd, people will benefit from organised activities in the scheme’s communal areas and a spot of pampering at a hair salon.

Facilities are also being provided so people can entertain family and friends at a restaurant run by the council’s Civic Enterprise Leeds. As well as their own kitchens, people will be able to choose to eat and socialise at the restaurant.

The building is clad in locally sourced stone and people living at or visiting Wharfedale view will be able to enjoy landscaped gardens.

The scheme is part of the authority’s ambitious council house growth programme which will see around 1,000 new homes built.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said:

“We all want to be able to live safely and independently as we get older. Wharfedale View will give people reassurance that help is on hand if they need or want it.

“Giving people that choice and control over their own care and support needs is really important and it’s fantastic that we’ll be able to do so in an environment that is so impressive, welcoming and modern.”

Councillor Debra Coupar, executive member for communities, said:

“Purpose built, accessible accommodation for our older generation doesn’t just meet the needs of the individuals that live there; it potentially frees up much needed council homes for other families.

“The finishing line is in sight at Wharfedale View and we’re really looking forward to welcoming people to their new homes.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said:

“Wharfedale View is a landmark development. Not only does it have a commanding position overlooking the valley but it’s a real statement of our intent; to provide spacious, high quality, energy efficient homes that meet housing needs.”

Tony Shaw, Henry Boot Construction operations director, said:

“We are proud to have been involved in such a flagship project working closely with a great team from Leeds City Council. Things are really moving on site now as we progress towards completion. It is an impressive building in a fantastic location and we look forward to welcoming new occupants into their new homes before the end of the year.”

Wharfedale View conforms to the Leeds Standard, embodying the best in design.

The council is demonstrating through its own homes that quality design with set standards for space, heating, ventilation, flexibility, character and green space can leave a positive legacy for communities.