Work is underway on a new assisted living development in Scotswood, with plans for an onsite restaurant and smashing views across the Tyne.

45 one and two bed apartments and nine two bed bungalows are being built by Tolent, on behalf of the Council. The homes will provide onsite care and support for older people who need help with day to day tasks.

Newcastle based architects IDPartnership designed it to offer a range of activities aimed at creating a sense of community, including a restaurant that will be open to the public, while maintaining the privacy and security of having your own home.

We recently caught up with Scott, an Apprentice Bricklayer, Ryan, a Trainee Quantity Surveyor, and Rob, a Trainee Site Manager, to find out more about working in the construction industry.

A visit from local pupils to the site also proved popular, with demonstrations and the chance to try their hand at bricklaying.

Cllr Linda Hobson, said: “I was really impressed with the proposals for this site and it was great to have the opportunity to come along and talk to some of those working to deliver the new homes, especially the apprentices and trainees who are so enthusiastic about what they are doing.

“We understand that the rapidly changing age profile in our city can sometimes make it difficult for people to find a home that suits their care and support needs which is one of the reasons why housing is such a high priority for the council. These homes will provide a real choice for people who need a bit of help to live independently. I’m really looking forward to seeing the homes completed and meeting the new residents when they move in later in the year.”

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “Our partnership with Newcastle City Council is one we’re really proud of, and one that is delivering real results with over 50 new homes already delivered to the local community in the last three months and a further 186 to be completed over the next 12 months.

“We’ve got experience in delivering over £800m worth of affordable housing projects, and we’re committed to helping create great places to live”

The work is due to be completed this October.

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