New homes ‘on track for 2022’ at former Moylinney site

Radius Housing’s development of new homes on the site of the former Moylinney House nursing home in Newtownabbey remains on track despite the challenges faced in the last year.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 3:01 pm

And the housing association says it expects the project, which is an investment of almost £3.5million, to complete by the Spring 2022 target.

A total of 20 new homes are being constructed on this previously derelict site.

The development consists of six two-bedroom family homes and 14 apartments for over 55 ‘active elderly’.

An artist's impression of how the completed project will look.

The dwellings have been designed in line in line with the HAPPI (Housing Ageing Population Panel for Innovation) Principles which focus on designing high quality housing which caters for the needs of older persons as their circumstances change.

Planning approval of the scheme was achieved in February 2020 with the contractor Kelly Brothers Ltd commencing with site works in May 2020.

Radius has said that, although the Covid-19 pandemic has brought delays and challenges to the wider construction sector, the new homes are on target to complete in Spring next year.

Project architects Hall Black Douglas Architects have embedded the 10 key design criteria of the HAPPI Principles within the new build scheme to include emphasis on high quality open space provision, the addition of balconies for enhanced private amenity space, increased internal storage space and other shared ‘hub’ facilities.

Commenting on this, David Black, Hall Black Douglas director, said: “For Hall Black Douglas to be involved in developing an exemplar design is really exciting.

“It has allowed us to push the boundaries of the public image and design of active elderly housing.

“Quality home design can go a long way to tackling loneliness and social interaction with the use of generous space standards, daylight, and adaptability.

“This scheme with its generous corridors, window seats, access to public and private garden spaces addresses these issues and creates an environment that engages and stimulates the residents.”

Anita Conway, Radius Housing Development Director, said: “While Covid-19 has impacted on all aspects of our daily lives, careful planning and strong site management has meant that the development of these 20 new homes at Moylinney remains on track, and we are confident that we will complete the homes in Spring 2022, to hand over keys to a new home for 20 families and individuals. We are delighted to be taking forward this bespoke development scheme which challenges the perception of active elderly accommodation.

“Alongside our design team we have been working closely with the Department for Communities to develop an exemplar residential development that will inform the Department’s design guide as well as setting a new standard and benchmark for future schemes of this nature.”

As well as providing sheltered housing for over 55s and general-needs housing for families and single people, Radius also offers specialist care for the frail elderly, people with dementia, people with learning disabilities and people with complex needs.

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