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Trowers & Hamlins advises Your Housing Group on £100m extra care project

Trowers & Hamlins advises Your Housing Group on £100m extra care project

Trowers & Hamlins is pleased to have advised Your Housing Group, as part of the Sapphire consortium, in its successful bid to become the preferred bidder in a £100 million extra care project in Stoke-on-Trent.

On 20 December 2013, Stoke-on-Trent City Council appointed Sapphire – a consortium comprising Eric Wright Group, Your Housing Group, Kajima Partnerships Limited and Seddon Construction – to build and maintain 390 extra care apartments in a £100 million project, the biggest scheme of its kind to ever be developed in Stoke-on-Trent.

The villages will be created at three sites across the city for people aged over 55 and will be fully-occupied by 2017.  They will offer spacious apartments within a community setting, with facilities on site and conveniently located transport links.

Sapphire was selected to deliver the villages based on a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) procurement process which started in November 2011 with the issue of the Official Journal of the European Union notice.  It will build, finance and operate the retirement villages over a 25-year period in partnership with the council. 

Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said:  "We are pleased to announce Sapphire as the preferred bidder and the consortium has consistently demonstrated its ability to deliver in what has been a necessarily rigorous procurement process."

Suzanne Benson, Manchester-based Housing and Regeneration partner, commented:  "We are delighted to have assisted Your Housing Group, as part of the Sapphire consortium, in securing this contract.  This specialised housing will help meet an identified need in Stoke and will be tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of people."

Following its appointment last month, Sapphire submitted a planning application for each village, with construction expected to start in spring 2014.