Rochdale Boroughwide Housing’s (RBH) Extra Care scheme, Hare Hill in Littleborough, has won top prize at the 2016 Rochdale Borough Design Awards.
RBH is the UK’s first tenant and employee co-owned mutual housing society, with over 13,500 homes throughout the local area. Hare Hill opened in the summer of 2015 as Rochdale borough’s first purpose-built Extra Care scheme.
It is run in partnership with Rochdale Council, which has appointed the care provider, and has 41 apartments which enable residents to lead independent lives with the reassurance that help is available whenever needed.
The Extra Care scheme also has a community café and hair salon (both open to the local community), a garden, facilities for residents to pursue hobbies and interests and a comfortable lounge area.
The opening of Hare Hill represented a £4.9 million investment by RBH and was built with the help of a £903,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Rochdale Borough Design Awards, organised annually by Rochdale Council, celebrate the best in new development design, with a particular focus on the relationship between good design and building successful communities.
“We’re really proud of Hare Hill which has provided a step change in the provision of homes for older people in Rochdale and has created a fantastic community facility at the heart of Littleborough,” said Clare Tostevin, RBH director of communities.
“The input of our tenants and the wider community in the design process was invaluable and we’re thrilled that Hare Hill has received such prestigious recognition.
“We’re also very pleased that the hard work of the team at Q Gardens had rightly been recognised and rewarded by the Design Awards judges.”
The Q Gardens community project, which is at the heart of the Kirkholt community and receives support from the RBH community partnership team, received the community commendation award.