A major development to help older people live independently is on track for completion this summer.

The new housing scheme in Beverley will provide 40 two-bedroom apartments for older people. Care and support tailored to the needs of the residents will be provided at the Burden Road development, along with communal facilities.

East Riding Council is funding the scheme, with a £1m contribution from the Department of Health.

At a recent site inspection Councillor Richard Harrap, portfolio holder for adult and carer services, said: "One year on from the start of the works, it is fantastic to see this major new scheme really taking shape.

"Once complete, it will undoubtedly help older people live as independently as possible, which is so important.

"With an ageing population living in the East Riding, investment in this type of supported affordable housing is crucial and will certainly reduce the pressure on carers and families."

Extra care sheltered housing is designed to allow people with care and support needs to live independently in self-contained apartments. It aims to reduces admissions to hospitals and residential care homes. Plans for the scheme came after the council identified a need for an extra care scheme for older people in Beverley.

The development is being designed and managed by the council's infrastructure and facilities team, who worked closely with adult services before construction got under way. Their aim is to ensure the facility will meet all the needs of its prospective tenants.

The construction work being carried out by Houlton started in January 2014.

Richard Houlton, chairman of the Hull company, said: "It is a pleasure for us to be involved in such a major new development for Beverley that will benefit local residents.

"Our team has been working hard, the project has been progressing well and we are on track to hit the completion date."

External wall, roof coverings and solar panels are complete, while work to install external windows and balconies is under way. Internally, all structural walls are complete. Under-floor heating and floor screeds are almost complete, while mechanical and electrical works in the apartments and communal areas are in progress. Work is under way on the installation of lightweight partition walls, with plastering due to start soon.

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