Cairn Housing Association has completed building works at Swan Court in Eyemouth to make the well-loved retirement housing development more accessible to current and future tenants.
A small number of steps at four locations were restricting access to different areas of the court for tenants and their visitors. Cairn and their contractors GM Bolton have installed a Danish designed and manufactured ‘flexi steps’ product that convert steps into a platform lift to make the building fully accessible. The works to the court included removing existing concrete steps and flooring, poured concrete to create a new base for the equipment and installing the pre-fabricated flexi-steps.
The total cost of the works was over £100,000, and was partially funded by a Scottish Government Medical Adaptations Grant.
Kelly Pitt, Swan Court Court Coordinator said:
This has been a fabulous upgrade to Swan Court and has given a new lease of life to some of our older residents. The tenants were fantastic while the works were being carried out, which is so typical of the community we have here. The new lifts are pretty snazzy and we have been enjoying trying them out.
Meg Deasley, Director of Property Services said:
At Cairn we are committed to providing good quality, affordable homes in our communities across Scotland. This innovative project is one of the first to be completed from Cairn Housing Group’s ambitious court reconfiguration programme, which will see over £18 million spent on upgrades to our sheltered and retirement housing across Scotland over the next 10 years. We are grateful to the Scottish Government for supporting this project with a Medical Adaptations Grant, which helps ensure that as tenants get older and their needs change, they can continue to live in comfort and safety in their own community.
Community living at Swan Court is designed for people aged 50 and over. The homes are perfect for those who want to live as independently as possible, while having the peace of mind that comes with living within a friendly community. Kelly Pitt, the Court Coordinator is on hand to ensure the safety and security of tenants, and with repairs, garden upkeep and window cleaning all taken care of, tenants can enjoy life to the full in the vibrant seaside town. Easy to manage studio flats and one-bedroom apartments are available now, with a combined rent, service charge and heating charge from only £390 a month. To find out more or arrange a viewing please call 0800 990 3405, or visit www.cairnha.com.