The official launch has taken place of an exciting new development of extra care accommodation in the city.

Representatives from Derby City Council, developers Radleigh Homes and Derby Homes attended the official opening of Parkland View a new development of extra care apartments on the site of the former Bath Street Mill.

Located at the gateway to the UNESCO world heritage site and overlooking the River Derwent and Darley Park, the new development consists of 82 extra care apartments spread over four stories.

All apartments have two bedrooms, a spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living area and a fully accessible wet-room.

The development also features other facilities, including a courtyard garden, restaurant/café and shop, along with hobby and therapy rooms, laundry room and mobility scooter store with charging points.

Work on the project started early 2014 and was handed over to Derby City Council earlier this year.

Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, there were speeches from Councillor Fareed Hussain, Cabinet Member for Urban Renewal, Chris Neve, managing director of Radleigh Homes and Mike Ainsley, chair of the Derby Homes Board.

Councillor Fareed Hussain, Cabinet Member for Urban Renewal, said:

It is great that as a council we can invest in schemes such as this which help provide accommodation to people with a mix of care and support needs. It will not only support members of the public but form part of the river defence which is very important for us as a city.

Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care, added:

Parklands Views is an important part of our new and innovative approach to supporting more people to live in their own homes and their own communities, preventing the need for older people to be uprooted and move to care homes or nursing homes. The superb 21st century apartments sit in a beautiful riverside location, close to the city centre and provide residents with the appropriate accommodation and facilities they need to lead full independent lives in the community.

The Parkland View extra care scheme has been developed by Radleigh Homes for Derby City Council and will be managed by Derby Homes.

It forms part of the ‘Our City, Our River’ initiative and the building is designed to provide part of the river defence.

As part of the ‘Our City, Our River’ initiative, Radleigh Homes’ in-house innovation team has worked closely with Derby City Council and the and the Environment Agency to incorporate a two-feet thick concrete flood defence structure within the fabric of the building itself.

It is expected that future projects within the city will also use this unique concept to deliver inner-city brownfield developments that have previously stalled because of difficult flood issues that continue to delay progress.

Parkland View is open to people with a care need. To qualify, they should be: aged 55 or over, have a care need and need for more appropriate housing. They must also have a local connection and meet the Care Act and Derby Homes allocation criteria.

For more information or to register an interest contact Derby City Council on 01332 642752 or adrian.mcnaney@derby.gov.uk

As well as the gallery below you can view more photos from the event here

Published: Thursday 8th December 2016