New Armley older people’s housing complex moves closer to reality

Artist's impressions showing the new complex could look. Picture credit: Acanthus WSM Architects and Leeds City Council.

Delayed plans for a new west Leeds housing complex for older people are set to move forward with the appointment of a new company to oversee pre-construction work.

Leeds City Council, which is behind the proposals, says the development at the former Middlecross Care Home in Armley, would be an example of an “extra care” site, where people live independently but help and support for their particular needs is available.

A total of 65 one and two-bed apartments would be included in the complex, along with a number of communal areas to allow residents to socialise.

The council had agreed a deal with Equans to deliver pre-construction activities at the site, but according to a council report this week the company’s senior corporate structure has taken the commercial decision to withdraw from any uncommitted new build schemes, and that they would formally withdraw from the project.

The report agreed that the local authority would enter a £370,513 contract with Morgan Sindall Construction Ltd to complete pre-construction activities.

The report, which can be read in full here, adds: “All homes will be highly energy and thermally efficient contributing to other Council objectives relating to climate emergency, sustainability and fuel poverty. Initial options and assessment for suitable alternative low carbon heating and hot water energy solutions have been considered at feasibility stage.

“Further work will be undertaken to determine which solution is the most suitable, taking account of capital investment costs, running costs for residents, overall carbon impact and the need to meet statutory requirements.”

A construction contract to deliver the scheme on site is still to be issued.

The site was once home to Middlecross Day Centre, but has been vacant since that was demolished in 2018.


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