Alpha has started a five-year improvement programme which will see the proportion of bedsits reduce through building extensions on to some developments. We are also talking to local authority partners about developing new build accommodation to provide much-needed high quality housing for older people following the successful delivery of our flagship extra care Poppyfields
High quality sheltered accommodation helps people to live independently for longer and increases their quality of life.
Sheltered accommodation provides friendship, support and plenty of opportunities for social activity and security. Alpha has started the journey of developing sheltered accommodation for the 21st Century - accommodation which could cater more flexibly for older people as their needs change.
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We have completely revised our Business Plan to support a larger and accelerated improvement programme, and in March 2023 put an additional £10m facility in place with our funders, Clydesdale Bank.
Alpha started work on a £3m overhaul of Saxon Court in St Helens in August 2016
St Helen’s Council and Homes England have warmly supported the project proposals which will convert the majority of the site from studios to extended one bedroom apartments including six new build flats using the Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) principles of design where appropriate.
Homes England will provide a grant of £340,000 to help us meet the needs of existing residents and the local community.
Alpha was the first provider in the country to draw down funding under Homes England Shared Ownership and Affordable Housing Programme.
We will work to make each Alpha development the best it can be.
The work finished in March 2018 and will provide new heating systems, wet rooms throughout, new kitchens, fire alarms and warden call systems, with many apartments being extended with Juliet balconies as well as additional facilities such as a hairdressing salon which will be available to the community.
Value for money is important. Spending wisely and constantly challenging ourselves to use resources efficiently means more money to invest in Alpha properties and services.