Refurbished homes offer tenants independent living

Newly refurbished sheltered accommodation offering an independent lifestyle has been officially opened in Leeds.

Ingram Court in Holbeck has benefited from a substantial make-over by sc4L as part of the council’s housing regeneration project.

Built in 1976, the building has now undergone a major transformation to provide 23 modern apartments for over sixties.

Tenants are taking up residence in one of three wheelchair accessible, assisted living two-bedroomed flats, 13 one-bedroomed apartments or seven two-bedroomed flats.

Offering a caring and supportive environment, Ingram Court will help people over 60 maintain an independent lifestyle for as long as possible.

Having officially opened Ingram Court today, Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said:

“It’s not just important to provide council housing but housing that supports people’s needs.

“The total remodel of Ingram Court means that we now have a bright, modern, comfortable environment that will give people their independence with the reassurance of help should they need it.

“Central to our housing regeneration project is the drive to improve the lives of local residents which Ingram Court will undoubtedly deliver.”

Jon Hinchliff, sc4L General Manager, said:

“One of the most rewarding aspects of working on a scheme like the housing regeneration project is making a positive difference to the neighbourhoods and communities living here.

“It’s been lovely to welcome residents moving in to Ingram Court and we wish them well in their new home.”

Sean Corcoran, Keepmoat Regional Director, said:

“This has been a very successful scheme for Keepmoat. The complex has had a complete makeover including some of the one bedroomed flats converted into two bedrooms. Externally we have created raised beds to grow vegetables and we look forward to working with the new tenants to produce a full crop.”

Ingram Court’s revised layout now houses 23 self-contained flats that benefit from new kitchens, windows and doors, heating system, roof and newly installed security system. Flexibility is also built in with each flat having a wet floor shower room that can be adapted with a bath and hoist if needed in the future to suit peoples’ needs.

Residents can enjoy the landscaped gardens with raised beds for planting their own vegetables. Inside they can join friends in the communal sitting area or take time out in the quiet room.

The flats at Ingram Court are being let through the Leeds Home scheme. To be considered, you must have an application registered on the Leeds Homes Register and express an interest by placing a bid for an Ingram Court flat.

Leeds City Council are still offering grants of up to 30% toward the costs of capital schemes. For further information email james.kilroy@leeds.gov.uk.