A bespoke £2m affordable housing development for the over 55s, which was designed and built by Lindum Construction, was officially opened yesterday.
A team from Lindum attended a ceremony in Skegness to mark the completion of Chapman Court.
The complex comprises 17 affordable retirement apartments and a holiday home for older people with support needs and was designed and built by Lindum Construction on behalf of specialist Lincolnshire-based housing provider LACE Housing.
The project, situated in Scarbrough Avenue was formally unveiled on Tuesday, September 12 and is LACE Housing’s first new scheme in Skegness for twenty years.
It replaces the former Sea Breezes Residential Care Home which had been derelict for two years and is named in memory of the late Ron Chapman.
Ron was an experienced lifeboat crew member, serving Skegness RNLI for 39 years, and the RNLI is LACE Housing’s chosen charity for 2017.
Members of Ron’s family attended the opening, during which guests had the opportunity to view both the holiday and retirement accommodation.
Situated close to the seafront and within easy reach of a wide range of local amenities, the accommodation is in an ideal location for access to the historic seaside town.
Designed with comfort in mind, the homes include a fully furnished lounge; fully fitted kitchen with electric oven, hob, fridge freezer and washing machine; shower, wash basin and WC; secure door entry system; television and central heating.
Lindum has worked in partnership with LACE on other projects and has gained a detailed understanding of its residents’ specific requirements. Using this knowledge and experience has enabled Lindum to deliver this quality, bespoke accommodation designed to meet the particular needs of older people.
Simon Gregory, MD of Lindum Construction, added “We are delighted to have played a major role in the team responsible for the creation of this purpose built accommodation which will be enjoyed by its new residents for years to come and has also made a lasting improvement to the area. We are also pleased to have used many local trades people, subcontractors and suppliers during the construction work which also benefits the local economy.”
As part of the unveiling, Chief Executive of LACE Housing Nick Chambers welcomed more than 70 visitors to the site as well as representatives from funders East Lindsey District Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Herbert William Sollitt Memorial Trust.
Nick said: “Not only is this new scheme innovative, but it was made possible by a unique collaboration of interested parties and I’m delighted to have been able to incorporate our first ever holiday apartment within it.
“We recognised a need for holiday accommodation along the east coast following a consultation with our residents, many of whom have fond memories of daytrips and family holidays to Skegness.
“We have already welcomed our first guest and have received several bookings so it is already proving popular among Lincolnshire residents looking for a seaside retreat.
“Good housing promotes good health and wellbeing, and we would like to thank the people of Skegness, who have taken to this project wholeheartedly.”
David Dexter, Vice Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which provided a grant to help fund the new development, said: “I was very pleased to be able to join LACE Housing in celebrating the opening of this development.
“The grant was part of our Unlocking Rural Housing programme, which we developed because we recognise the importance of housing to the local economy, and the contribution which housing makes to growth.”
Photograph above shows the newly completed Chapman Court at Skegness.