£21.5 million extra care facility to be delivered by SeddonCGI of the Westcliffe extra care facility

Stoke-on-Trent PFI agreement paves way for work to start

Builder and developer Seddon has been appointed by Sapphire to deliver a £21.5 million extra care facility in Stoke-on-Trent as part of the Stoke Extra Care PFI project.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Sapphire – a consortium of construction, housing, facilities, property development and architects professionals – have reached financial close on a PFI project to build 390 extra care apartments across three sites in the city.

As part of the scheme Seddon will transform the former Westcliffe Hospital site in Chell, which will see 140 apartments built over the next two years.

Two further care facilities will also be built by Eric Wright Construction in Blurton and Abbey Hulton as part of the plans.

Eamonn Burns, Seddon’s Regional Director for the Midlands Region, said: “We are delighted that we can now begin work to deliver these much-needed apartments for Stoke-on-Trent.

“As well as delivering a state-of-the-art extra care facilities, the development will see the delivery of new jobs and apprenticeships as well as benefitting the local supply chain as we look to appoint firms close to the development where possible.”

The contract win comes after the company was named on a £875 million Education Funding Agency (EFA) framework for the Midlands region, which will see Seddon competing for work refurbishing and building schools in the area.

Burns added: “It’s another major milestone for our team in the region as we continue to secure significant contract wins and grow our presence in the area.”

Sapphire is made up of Your Housing Group, Eric Wright Group and Kajima Partnerships Limited, with Seddon appointed to deliver the care apartments at the Westcliffe site.

Created for people aged over 55, the schemes will offer spacious apartments within a community setting, with facilities on site and conveniently located transport links.

Your Housing Group will manage the 390 one and two bedroom extra care apartments once they are completed.

Trowers & Hamlins provided legal advice to Seddon on the deal. Construction partner Katie Saunders said: “It has been a pleasure working with Seddon on this deal and we are very pleased to see this project reach financial close.”