BCHA and Spetisbury Construction Ltd have held a ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony to mark the completion of the external construction of a new development in Weymouth. Construction staff downed tools to celebrate this achievement with a round of tea!
The development of 15 flats is due for completion in May. They will provide affordable housing for people with learning difficulties, enabling them to live more independent lives within the community. The flats are all one-bedroomed and self-contained with a brand new fully-fitted kitchen and spacious living area. Within the development there is also a communal lounge to encourage socialising and a sense of community amongst residents.
Colin Salisman, Head of Development and Property Services at BCHA, said: “It is great to reach this milestone after all the time spent planning this development, and to celebrate all of the hard work that has gone in to this construction. It is a fantastic development, the flats will not only provide more affordable housing in Weymouth, they will also play a key role in providing independence to people.”
Justin Ives, Director of Spetisbury Construction Ltd, commented: “We are pleased to be working alongside BCHA on this community project, and to have reached this significant point in the contract. The whole team has worked hard in getting us to this point and we look forward to successful completion in the very near future.”
Alison Waller, commissioning and improvement manager for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said: “Echoing national trends, people with learning disabilities now look for and require as much independence as possible - they need their own front door.
“Accommodation and support services for people with a learning disability have developed greatly in the past few years to meet changing needs and expectations. This is part of a wider trend away from institutional and segregated care homes, towards the kind of support where people have choice and control over the services they receive.
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with BCHA to provide quality self contained accommodation in Weymouth for people with learning disabilities.”
This development has been made possible thanks to funding support from the Homes and Communities Agency and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, and the lease of the land at a peppercorn rent from Dorset County Council.