Alpha secures £4.7m backing for Merseyside assisted living project

Housing association Alpha Living will complete the Poppyfields scheme in Wirral by October after securing the cash from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Tony McDonough reports

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Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking is backing Alpha Living’s Poppyfields project


Housing association Alpha Living has secured a £4.7m finance package to deliver a new assisted living development in Merseyside.

Alpha will launch the ‘extra care’ housing scheme, named Poppyfields, on the site of a former residential care home in Saughall Massie in Wirral in October 2020. Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking is providing the funding package.

The project will see 78 apartments, made up of 60 one-bed and 18 two-bed units, built off Woodpecker Close. The facility will offer 24-hour care and support services on site, with a number of the homes designed to be wheelchair accessible.

Built within the development will also be a bistro and hair salon – as well as a spa, wellbeing suite and communal lounge for residents. A new head office for Alpha Living will also be included in the development.

Operating in the North of England since 1963, Alpha specialises in services to help people live independently in later life. Chief executive Graeme Foster said: “Alpha is committed to providing dedicated housing designed to improve quality of life and reduce social isolation among older people.

“Even before planning began, we worked closely with the local community to ensure the development would not only offer much needed accommodation to future residents, but also provide a number of benefits for the local community.”

Steven Atwell, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, added: “Alpha Living is widely-recognised by its residents as a force for good in the communities it serves. That the organisation continues to deliver such impressive developments is testament to the team’s ambitious yet socially-conscious nature.”

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