The Abbeyfield York Society has celebrated its 60th anniversary by laying the foundation stone of its new development at Abbeyfield House.
The stone-laying ceremony marks a crucial milestone in the construction of a new 25-bed building at the Regency Mews site in Dringhouses, York. The new development will include 19 apartments provided as social rentals and six homes for sale. Seventeen apartments will include the option of additional care packages, while a further eight will offer enhanced provision for people living with dementia. The new facility, which is being built by Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire, is expected to open in January 2024.
With a total project cost of £6.1m, funding has come from Homes England, The Abbeyfield Society, and Charity Bank. In addition, over £700,000 was raised via the Recycled Capital Grant Fund.
Abbeyfield York is part of the Abbeyfield Family, which operates 370 care homes, sheltered housing schemes, and independent living complexes worldwide for the benefit of over 8,000 residents.
Abbeyfield York chairman Dr. Robert Porter said, “We are indebted to our sister Member Societies and The Abbeyfield Society for their generous contributions, Homes England, the government’s grant-awarding body, and Charity Bank for their financial and investment support. This new development will ensure quality, affordable accommodation for older people can be provided at Regency Mews for years to come.
“The cost of the initial proposed development was adversely affected by a combination of factors, including Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic and the current economic uncertainty. Fortunately, the other local Member Societies saw the Regency Mews extension as an opportunity to ensure that their capital was put towards helping people in the North of England to receive quality care, security and companionship in later life within the Abbeyfield Family.
“The completion of the new construction project will enhance and strengthen our care at home provision. It will furthermore ensure our future viability as an important housing partner in the local community – a fitting way to celebrate our 60th year and build for the future.”