The door to Lilyhill Gardens, a new supported living development in Kilmarnock, was officially opened this week just ahead of tenants moving in at the end of the month.
The ground breaking development on Witch Road offers accommodation for individuals with a range of support needs and is a product of co-ordinated partnership working between Housing Services, the Health and Social Care Partnership and the voluntary sector. 13 tenants will benefit from bright, modern flats with amenities such as wet floor showers; rise and fall kitchen units in wheelchair access flats; door entry system with fob access; an enclosed, safe, private garden and 24 hour on site support with additional links to the Council’s Risk Management Centre.
The flats are all accessed from an “internal street” which has a single point of public entry and exit for added security. The building has been designed to be energy efficient and the internal street has been formed with full height south facing glazing panels over two storeys. Solar panels have also been incorporated to further reduce energy consumption.
All flats have been installed with telecare systems which can be adapted to suit the individual needs of each tenant.
The development forms part of the Council’s Strategic Local Programme which supports a commitment to providing affordable housing as well as promoting town centre living. Once completed, the Programme will have delivered 197 new-build, affordable homes over 11 locations including specially designed homes for older people, wheelchair users and adults with complex needs.
It also reflects the commitment to support people with additional support needs to live in their local community with sustainable support from health and care services, in an environment that promotes social interaction and gives the individuals and their families confidence that support will be available as and when required.
McTaggart Construction finished the £1.6m development in twelve months and all of the flats have now been allocated through a multi agency approach involving Housing and the Health and Social Care Partnership.
Performing the official opening was Councillor Tom Cook, Spokesperson for Improving Community Safety who said: “We’re very excited about Lilyhill Gardens. It’s a development which will help to maximise residents’ independence, but also provide support when it’s needed through around the clock care assisted by technology and equipment where required.
“These modern, accessible flats fit well with the shift in focus towards meeting people’s personal outcomes, helping to return control to them and encouraging them to consider which solutions are most appropriate to meet their outcomes and expectations.
“We look forward to seeing the new tenants move in later this month and to hearing about how their lives are changing positively in their new homes.”
Watch our video of the new housing development – http://youtu.be/Fa6k4EYaEww