Tuesday 17 October 2023
The development of La Vieille Plage, a bespoke specialist residential development to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, has been agreed and work on site will commence later this year. The project is part of the States' 'Affordable Housing Development Programme' overseen by ESS.
This new development will accommodate 14 service users, including people currently living in Sunnybrook at the Duchess of Kent House as well as residents from other homes.
The innovative development has been designed collaboratively between the States of Guernsey, the Guernsey Housing Association, DRP Architecture, Henderson Green Engineers & WT Partnership.
The configuration of La Vieille Plage enables greater choice for residents and their visitors, through the provision of private residential units, as well communal and staff facilities. Individual units enable people to live as independently as possible, whilst simultaneously being supported by HSC staff 24 hours per day. The ground floor will be fully accessible and include therapeutic facilities such as a sensory room and specialist garden equipment to enhance daily activities.
Deputy Al Brouard, President of the Committee for Health & Social Care said,
"I am delighted that this development is now progressing. This specialist housing is vital to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities; through bespoke design, facilities such as La Vieille Plage enable a better quality of life, whilst promoting independence, safety, and inclusion.
I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their tenacity in securing the right design and funding for this important development."
Deputy Peter Roffey, President of the Committee for Employment & Social Security said,
"The Committee for Employment & Social Security is acutely aware of the housing pressures facing Islanders and is doing all it can to deliver additional units of Affordable Housing to the Island. The development of these 14 specialised housing units is an incredibly positive step and will make a real difference to the lives of those who will live there."
Vic Slade, Chief Executive of the Guernsey Housing Association said,
"We're really pleased to be part of a project to provide much needed, fit for purpose homes for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.
The build programme is expected to take around 18 months - including a 3-month fit out - all being well we hope for completion in Summer 2025."