The demolition of a former care home in Risca, south-east Wales, is now underway.
The site of Ty Darran care home has been earmarked by Caerphilly County Borough Council for an innovative new later living scheme, which will replace several existing sheltered housing schemes in the local area.
Construction expert Willmott Dixon has been appointed by the council to develop the facility. Consultation on the plans for the new scheme are currently being held. An event will also be held for the local community, with details due to publicised soon.
Council leader Cllr Sean Morgan said: “It’s fantastic to be here to see the first stages in developing what will become a flagship scheme for later living.
“We know from conversations with future residents that they’re keen to see this development progressing, so I’m sure this initial step will come as positive news.”
Cllr Shayne Cook, council cabinet member for housing, commented: “This development will be unlike anything the Council has delivered before. As well as having high levels of energy efficiency, it will also benefit from state of the art flexible communal spaces and outdoor areas to improve the health and wellbeing of residents.
"The development is in a prime location offering easy access to a wide range of services and recreation for residents, within the local community or in the comfort of their own communal spaces.”
Ian Jones, director at Willmott Dixon, added: “We are proud to once again be delivering a project in collaboration with Caerphilly County Borough Council. The development will provide Later Living Apartments in a flagship model. We believe that every home we create will be a special place to live.”