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Spades hit the ground at Flyde coast’s old Wansbeck House site

Work has started on an ambitious sheltered housing scheme on the Flyde coast.

Lighthouse View is a major project by Regenda Homes to provide state of the art Extra Care supported living facilities at the former site of Wansbeck House in Fleetwood.

Extra Care is a popular choice for older people as it is a great alternative to a care home. Also known as very sheltered housing, residents have their own apartment, their own front door, and can come and go when they please. It offers varying levels of support and care on site, meaning residents can stay in their homes for longer.

With increasing life expectations comes an increasing need for support.  Residents over the age of 55 can move in to the scheme and, when its required, can access care and support to meet their needs and help them to stay in their home for as long as they need.

Construction of the £9.75m scheme, designed by DK-Architects, is being undertaken by Greater Manchester-based and family-owned Bardsley Construction.

Lighthouse View will feature a range of modern facilities, including 72 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, therapy rooms, a lounge and function rooms.

A range of onsite services, including a hairdressers, café and communal lounge, will also mean that residents have everything they need on their doorstep.

The scheme has been named by students from Fleetwood High School, who were inspired by the town’s historical lighthouses and how they were used together to guide shipping through the sandbanks.

Andy Carberry, Director of Care and Support at Regenda Homes, said: “I am delighted that we have started work on this flagship supported housing development.

“Lighthouse View will provide older residents with a perfect home, adaptable to their needs as they grow old.

“Getting a spade in the ground has been a long process but the hard work has paid off and I look forward to seeing the scheme take shape.

“I would like to thank the staff and students at Fleetwood High School for their help naming the development. We wanted to involve a local school as Lighthouse View will be a community facility, where the general public can use the café. We also wanted the school children to feel involved in the future of their town.”

Ged Rooney, procurement director at Bardsley Construction, said: “Having successfully completed other specialist care facilities throughout the North West of England and Yorkshire on time and in budget, we look forward to delivering this flagship project for Regenda Home.”

The development has previously been hit by uncertainty because of welfare reform. Despite the uncertainty, Regenda Homes has remained committed to delivering the scheme and is now pushing forward thanks to additional funding from Homes England.