East Belfast development raises the bar in housing for older people

Alpha Housing has joined with Dunrich Properties to launch a £2.2 million construction project that will help deliver 14 much needed homes for independent, older people in East Belfast.

Situated on Barnetts Road, near the Stormont Hotel, the scheme will be incorporate the ‘HAPPI principles’, which provides a blueprint for high-quality housing for people in later life. Features of the new scheme will include; generous internal space, maximum use of natural light, and a design that incorporates trees and shrubs to enhance the local environment. Residents will also benefit from the convenient location close to local amenities and transport links, including the Glider bus service.

The development of this scheme is being enabled with £1.4M in Department for Communities’ (DfC) grant through the Housing Executive, with the balance of funding provided by local housing association Alpha Housing.

Speaking at the sod cutting, Louise Warde Hunter, Department for Communities, Head of Housing, Urban Regeneration and Local Government said: ‘The Department for Communities is delighted to be funding this exciting development at Barnetts Road. Older people are now seeking a wider range of housing options for their later years. This scheme will fulfil these aspirations for 14 households, as well as helping meet social housing need in Belfast.’

John Clarke, Chairman at Alpha Housing, added: ‘Alpha Housing is proud to be helping pioneer a new generation of housing for older people in Northern Ireland, starting with the Barnetts Road project. We believe there is a huge unmet need for spacious and attractive homes of this type, situated close to local amenities and transport links.’

The scheme is expected to be completed by December 2020.

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