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Exeter City Council’s first Extra Care development leads the way in housing for the over - 60s

St Loye’s Extra Care Scheme, a new £9.8 million development by Exeter City Council, has recently been granted plan- ning permission. The scheme will provide 53 homes, in a mixture of 1 and 2 bedroom affordable apartments. Extra Care housing is a housing solu-

tion for older people who have a range of care needs. It offers the freedom to live independently in self-contained apart- ments by providing a “home-for-life” with varying levels of care and support as and when residents need it. The development will be built to the

low-energy Passivhaus standard to reduce energy use and make the homes more affordable for tenants. The scheme adopts the council’s Design for Future Climate Change requirements to improve

the resilience of the

building using Exeter University’s PROMETHEUS weather data up to 2080. The scheme also takes into account Building Biology recommenda- tions, by to reduce physical, chemical and biological risks and eliminate toxic mate- rials and electro-magnetic radiation, which to creates a natural, healthy-living environment. The 5 storey development includes lounges, dining rooms with roof terraces,

hobby spaces, salon and spa treatment rooms and landscaped gardens. It has been intuitively designed to provide a fully inclusive, dementia friendly scheme. This allows older residents to retain their independence as well as remain firmly connected to their local community. The development, which is due to

start on site in September 2016, is critical given the shortage of Extra Care accom- modation in the city. Cllr Rob Hannaford, lead councillor

for the Housing Revenue Account explained “By 2030 we expect there to be an additional 7,000 older people in

Exeter and a third of these will be over 85 years of age. The Devon Commissioning Strategy for Extra Care Housing identi- fied a need for 150 units in Exeter in 2008. This need will have increased in the last 8 years. There are currently no Extra Care schemes in the city and this will be the first one in Exeter.” The sentiment was echoed by Cllr

Rachel Sutton, Portfolio Holder for City Development, who added; “Exeter City Council is leading the way once again in planning for a high-quality, Passivhaus Extra Care development offering the best to the city's older residents.”

Skanska divests hospitals in London for £80 million

Skanska has sold its investment in the hospitals St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the Royal London Hospital, both in London, UK, for GBP 80 M, about SEK 1 billion. The buyers are three Skanska pension funds. The transac- tion will be recorded by Skanska Infrastructure Development in the fourth quarter of 2015. Skanska is divesting its share of 37.5 percent in the two PPP-hospitals

(Public-Private Partnership). The split between the three pension funds buying the asset is UK 60 percent, Sweden 20 percent and Norway 20 percent. Skanska UK will continue to undertake the operations and mainte- nance of the hospitals. The historic St Bartholomew’s

Hospital (Barts) has been transformed into a state-of-the-art cancer and cardiac center. The Royal London

Hospital provides a specialist women and children’s center and facilities to continue the hospital’s leadership in accident and emergency treatment. The first phase of the new Barts

Hospital was handed over in March 2010 and the final phase will be completed in early 2016. All construc- tion work at the Royal London has been completed and the facilities handed over.

‘Exeter City Council is leading the way once again in planning for a high-quality, Passivhaus Extra Care development’

Rachel Sutton, portfolio holder for City Development


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