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£8 million residential scheme for over 55s gets underway

Work has started on an £8 million living complex for the over 55s in Northumberland.

The scheme is being delivered by Gateshead contractor Tolent on behalf of North East housing association Bernicia with grant support from Homes England.

Rosebrough Court in Cramlington will provide 60 new homes for rent and shared ownership, comprising 48 self-contained apartments, four flats and eight bungalows.

The homes are being designed to ensure appropriate wheelchair access and facilities for people with mobility and visual impairments.

Michael Farr, Bernicia’s executive director of assets and growth, said: “This high quality Bernicia development is specifically designed with the long-term living needs of people aged over 55 in mind.

“It will provide the security of a great home in a close-knit community, with access to superb retail facilities in Cramlington just a short walk away and excellent transport links to Newcastle.

“The scheme is also providing a valuable boost to the local economy with skilled full-time construction jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.”

Tolent will engage with local schools and colleges to create employment opportunities on site including work placements, apprenticeships and short and long term work.

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Bernicia again to deliver a scheme that we know is going to make a real difference.

“As well as our commitment to delivering a high quality construction project, our community work also comes with a strong commitment to ensure we leave a lasting legacy and we look forward to building some great relationships with those who live and work in the area.”

Tolent previously completed The Cheviots Retirement Village for Bernicia in 2017.

The Ashington development provides seven houses, 40 apartments and 57 bungalows, as-well as a range of communal facilities, including: laundrette, library, restaurant, social area and games rooms.