Eric Wright Bispham
A care scheme delivered by Eric Wright in Bispham, Lancashire

Cumbria extends £185m extra care framework

Neil Tague

The county council has expanded a 2017 framework to deliver extra care and supported living developments, appointing a panel of 10 contractors.

See below for the full list of winning bidders

Cumbria had tendered for “experienced and suitable providers to establish a design and build framework agreement for extra care housing and supported living accommodation schemes”. The framework was set up for an initial four years, with the option to extend by two years and then a further two years.

Cumbria County Council said in a statement: “The framework provides one route, as part of a wider delivery programme, for the council to deliver extra care housing and supported living on council-owned sites or on sites identified by developers in areas of identified need.

“The programme has supported plans to deliver at least five additional schemes across Cumbria, providing up to 322 new units of extra care housing by 2025 to support the housing and care needs of the Cumbrian population.”

The framework has two elements:

  • Lot 1, developing sites the council may acquire or release which have been identified as suitable for such schemes.
  • Lot 2, where the council asks developers to advance schemes in specific geographical areas where a need has been identified but the council lacks the land required. Developers will be asked to either provide opportunities using their own land or land that they acquire for the scheme.

Successful bidders have been appointed on both lots. The winners are:

  • Stockport-based Creative Support
  • Eden Housing Association, Penrith
  • Eric Wright Group
  • Fairoak Housing Association, based in Kendal
  • HB Villages
  • Home Group, from Newastle-upon-Tyne
  • Birmingham-based Housing21
  • Impact Housing Association, from Workington
  • Keepmoat Regeeration
  • South Lakes Housing

Eric Wright, one of the successful bidders, this week confirmed the purchase of two medical centres in the North West as it seeks to grow its investment portfolio.

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