Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 13.40.13A £9 million extra care housing development in Middlesbrough, which supports independent living, has officially welcomed its first residents.

Beechfield Court and Beresford Crescent, a complex recently completed by Tristar Homes, offers its residents the privacy of their own home but also boasts a range of facilities and on site care services if they are needed.

Residents have access to a bistro and hairdressers and can enjoy its dining terrace and shared community garden. The scheme is ideally located in the heart of Thorntree, close to numerous local amenities.

Beechfield Court is made up of a mix of 65 one and two bedroom apartments for over 55s and Beresford Crescent has 22 two bedroom bungalows, all with level access showers and designed for over 45s with additional needs. The site offers properties for affordable rent as well as outright sale and shared ownership.

Access to care is available on site based upon individual needs and is provided 24/7 by the commissioned provider Comfort Call.

Tristar Homes, part of the Thirteen Group, has worked closely with Middlesbrough Council to further develop the area and increase the supply of extra care housing by regenerating the former Thorntree Library and Youth Centre.

Jack Dodds, Extra Care and Sheltered Housing Manager at Thirteen, parent company of Tristar Homes, said: “For many of our residents the ability to maintain their independence was a key consideration when choosing this type of specialist accommodation.

“The joint working with the Council and careful and meticulous planning that has gone into Beechfield Court and Beresford Crescent means they will be able to continue to go about their daily activities as normal, safe in the knowledge that care and support is available if and when they require it.

“The scheme is a great example of the Thirteen Group and Middlesbrough Council working in partnership to deliver specialist accommodation.

“The development not only meets specific housing needs but also benefits the local area and provides an opportunity to bring people together to form a thriving community in which they not only live independently but can form long and lasting friendships with other residents.”

Louise Grabham, Middlesbrough Council’s Head of Commissioning and Procurement, said: “We are delighted to see the opening of this development which offers more housing choice.

“Middlesbrough Council has worked proactively with Tristar Homes on this new development which provides spacious and comfortable accommodation with fantastic facilities both on site and in the local community.

“With care available on site for those who may need it now or in the future the scheme will enrich lifestyles, promote independence and enhance social opportunities for the residents.

To find out more about Beresford Crescent, contact 08000 461600.