Watch Margaret Williamson telling her story about how living at Andrew Nisbet Place has given her more independence.
Andrew Nisbet Place is the second affordable housing development to have been completed as part of East Ayrshire Council and CCG’s strategic partnership that will see up to 300 homes constructed across the region over the next 3 years.
The Council has an innovative Future Homes Project Board that draws its membership from internal Council Services as well as external partners such as the Ayrshire Roads Alliance, the Health and Social Care Partnership, and CCG’s own Developments team. Through our membership of the Board, CCG works collaboratively with the Council at a strategic level to take ownership of the process to deliver homes for East Ayrshire’s residents that are future-proofed and fit for purpose with a focus on accessibility and specification.
The assisted living model of care being delivered offers support to adults with a range of disabilities to promote successful movement from care and other settings to each resident’s own accessible, social-rented home. This person-centred approach supports independent living for residents and offers a community-based response that is appropriate, sustainable and resource-efficient.
The build comprises 13 self-contained flats including 6 wheelchairs accessible, and 7 general needs, self-contained one-bedroom flat types. The on-site care provider, The Richmond Fellowship, also has a base set within the building offering dedicated, 24-hour services.
Wet rooms, rise-and-fall kitchen worktops, ovens and hobs [in the wheelchair-accessible flats], assistive technologies and internal break-out space are also provided. The glass elevation has also been created to create a sense of space and light whilst an enclosed garden area, located within an enclosed courtyard, has been designed exclusively for the residents’ private use to promote horticultural therapy and community integration.
As a result of the East Ayrshire Council and CCG’s partnership philosophy, the resulted model was more financially viable than other care options and the bespoke housing model for service users caters for those in need of specialist services. All evidence of this demand was procured via in-depth community consultation.
The development seeks to maximise space and light with all flats capable of future adaption. The use of CCG’s ‘iQ’ Timber System also ensures long-term thermal performance providing a comfortable environment for residents whilst for construction, the System enables a faster speed of erection and installation which minimises the impact on the adjacent community and creates programme savings. Overall, the ‘iQ’ installation and erection programme was undertaken in a net period of 34 days.
Offering an integrated approach to construction, all internal, flat entrance [FD30 flamebreak], common and close entry door sets were designed and manufactured using timber by CCG Manufacturing whilst renewable services [the installation of solar PV] was provided by Arc-Tech (Scotland) Ltd.
Community benefit initiatives are also crucial components of all East Ayrshire projects. Since commencing our partnership, CCG has raised over £38,000 as well as creating jobs, apprenticeships, work placements and providing curriculum support. Andrew Nisbet Place aided in the delivery of one full-time job, two work placements, curriculum support for Ayrshire College and a donation of £3,000 to local community groups.
East Ayrshire Council