Work starts on extra care homes in Knowsley

Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) is transforming a disused brownfield site in central Kirkby to host 170 high-specification new homes, including 100 much-needed extra care apartments for older people.

The Maples on Westhead Avenue is LMH’s £20 million flagship scheme for Knowsley. Unveiled in November 2017, this landmark development focuses on high quality housing and supported living for some of the area’s elderly and most vulnerable people.

LMH is working in partnership with Warrington-based Lane End Developments to deliver the state-of-the-art scheme, which centres around one- and two-bedroom extra care homes offering 24-hour support to meet residents’ individual needs. Construction began on site in March 2018 and the team is already making good progress on groundwork and installation of the structural steel frame for the central, primary extra care structure.

Foundations for the additional housing and communal areas are in place and the mature maple trees on site are being protected to enhance the scheme. Further maples will be planted at the end of the build for residents to enjoy, giving the scheme its name and unique character.

A communal sensory garden and a range of on-site amenities, including a bistro and hairdressing salon, will ensure The Maples offers a pleasant living environment.

LMH Chief Executive Steve Coffey joined Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development Councillor Tony Brennan and the Lane End team at The Maples earlier this week to see how the scheme is coming together.

Steve said, “It is a privilege for LMH to partner with Knowsley Council at The Maples, which will bring high quality specialist housing and services to Kirkby.

“This ambitious mixed use scheme will offer a wide range of affordable housing choices including 24/7 supported housing, giving older and vulnerable people access to the specialist accommodation they need. I am delighted to see our first move into the extra care sector really coming to life.”

Councillor Tony Brennan added, “The Maples is a fantastic development and I’m delighted to see the great progress being made on site. The finished scheme will enhance Knowsley’s housing stock and provide supported living for some of our older and more vulnerable residents.”

As well as the extra care homes, there will be 16 supported housing units and 54 homes for affordable rent and Rent to Buy, which is a new tenure designed to suit future homeowners. The Maples is just one element in LMH’s wider development programme, which promises to build more than 350 new homes for Liverpool City Region every year until 2021. Other live schemes include the regeneration of the iconic Grade II listed Ogden’s clock tower and a £20 million project to develop 145 affordable luxury new homes on Edge Lane, Liverpool. Completed homes at the Maples will be available from 2019.

Posted in LMH Developments on Jun 01, 2018