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Construction starts on Bolton supported housing scheme

Mears has started work in Bolton to build a brand new supported housing scheme, offering 16 one-bedroom apartments and an 8-bed scheme, for people with learning disabilities who wish to live independently with personalised care provided on site 24/7.The new scheme – to be called The Hollies – is developed in partnership with Bolton Council and HBV, the UK’s leading developer of Specialist Supported Housing, with Bolton Care’s providing care and support services. The apartments will be kitted out with the latest in assistive technology provided by ATEL.As well as designing and building the scheme, Mears will also manage and provide repairs and maintenance.Councillor Asif Ibrahim, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Bolton Council, said: “It's important to make sure that the most vulnerable in our society are cared for in Bolton and further afield. The Hollies is now our third scheme of this type, and it showcases what can be achieved for local vulnerable residents who benefit from the Specialist Supported Living model. The Hollies will provide a fantastic approach to dealing with the shortage of quality accommodation, while improving the lives of local adults and making our adult social care budget go further.“The use of assistive technology within the development will also provide residents with improved outcomes and independence, helping them to complete everyday tasks for themselves. I am personally excited to see how technology of this kind will have a positive effect on residents living at The Hollies.”Alastair Sheehan, Development and Planning Director of HBV, commented: “The Hollies will provide the opportunity for local adults with disabilities to have their own home, but with the added benefit of on-site support staff. It is fantastic to see building work start, and the whole of the HBV team looks forward to following its progress and meeting the tenants once completed. Our thanks to all the council officers and local politicians who contributed in making the commissioning and planning process so trouble free, and who have been a driving force in Bolton leading the way with Specialist Supported Living accommodation.”Operations Director for Mears New Homes, David Morley, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Bolton Council, Bolton Care and HB Villages to deliver the scheme at The Hollies. This is the first of what we hope will be many schemes in the area that will provide support to those in need and we look forward to welcoming tenants next autumn.”


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