The construction of 54 new extra care apartments at Trinidad House in Rossmore has moved forward, with the first bricks being laid on site.
Following work to demolish the old buildings, the Mayor of Poole Cllr Peter Adams joined fellow council members and staff from contractor Drew Smith Group to lay the first brick.
Work will now continue on the block of 54 extra care apartments with communal facilities. Once complete, Trinidad Village will provide much-needed extra care housing in Poole, as well as becoming a focal point for the Rossmore community.
Plans include a central courtyard with seating areas, landscaped gardens and terraces which will provide a relaxing environment for residents to enjoy. Residents and the local community will also benefit from brand new, state-of-the-art facilities, including restaurant and health suite.
Cllr Peter Adams, Mayor of Poole, said: “It was an honour to be asked to lay the first brick for the new development, which will provide much-needed extra care housing for Poole residents.”
Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing, Borough of Poole, said: “Extra care offers enhanced facilities to allow older people and adults with care and support needs to live independently in a home of their own. There is a growing need for this kind of accommodation here in Poole, so it is great to see the build progressing."
Cllr Brian Clements, Ward Member for Newtown, Borough of Poole, said: “It’s great to see work moving on at the site. The development will not only provide housing for some of our vulnerable residents, but also quality facilities that everyone in the local community can enjoy. Thanks go the existing residents of Trinidad House for their forbearance over the inevitable disruption that the works are creating for them.”
Cllr Graham Wilson, Ward Member for Newtown, Borough of Poole, said: "Having been involved since the beginning of the project, I am delighted to see the scheme progressing and showing some tangible above-ground results. It will be great for residents to see the building grow, and to be able to relate to how good the scheme will be for them and the local community in Newtown. I will be in regular contact with the contractors to raise any questions from residents which will be very helpful going forward."
Trinidad Village is being developed by Borough of Poole, Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) and the Homes & Communities Agency. The development is due to welcome its first residents in Summer 2016. For further information please visit the Trinidad Village webpages.