Main Elevation Woodpecker Close

Alpha eyes 2019 start for Saughall Massie care home

Housing association Alpha Living is planning to start construction on the 78-apartment extra care development early next year after getting the go-ahead from Wirral planners.

The project, designed by architect Pozzoni, featuring 60 one-bed and 18 two-bed apartments on a site off Woodpecker Close in Saughall Massie secured consent from Wirral’s planning committee last month.

All the apartments will have 24-hour care and support services on site to help independent living. The development also features a bistro and a hair salon, both of which will also be open to the public.

Following planning permission, work is expected to begin in early 2019 and will complete in July 2020. The development also features a 2,100 sq ft office which will be used by Alpha as its headquarters.

Mostly in red brick and timber, the main building will be three storeys featuring projecting gables and colonnades, balconies, bays and Juliette balconies. Principal façades will address Girtrell Road, which will include the main entrance, and Woodpecker Close, with two projecting wings enclosing a rear courtyard.

Chief executive of Alpha Living Graeme Foster said: “Alpha is committed to providing dedicated and sensitive housing for older people.  We currently provide more than 460 apartments across Wirral as we aim to make sure that local people have access to accommodation that meets their needs.

“We believe that this development will bring huge benefits to the area where we know there is a big demand for this type of accommodation.”

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I feel sorry for the residents of Headington Road who will now be over looked by this building. What measures have been put in place to address this?

By Matt Park

My home backs onto this development, Alpha did not listen to residents objections for a 3 storey building and with the council have just ploughed on regardless, a two storey development would have been much more in keeping with the surrounding neighbourhood but I guess this would not gain the margin that the developer wants to achieve. Thanks for listening to our concerns Alpha and wirral council.

By Neil Mason