Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “I’m very pleased that work has started on site and look forward to construction of the new accommodation starting later this summer.
“For older people who wish to remain independent, or feel isolated living alone, Extra Care housing can be the perfect solution because it offers residents their own apartment but also the security and reassurance of 24hr care on site.
“Our £45 million programme of investment in the development of Extra Care across Hampshire is an excellent example of how by working in partnership, we can provide people with quality care in modern and attractive accommodation and secure good value for the taxpayer.”
It is expected that the former Masters House day centre area of the site will be cleared by mid June. The demolition of the former Nightingale Lodge building is due to start at around the same time with completion anticipated by mid to late July.
Demolition contractors are due to leave the site by the end of July and hand over to the County Council’s development partner for the project, the consortium led by Ashley House PLC.
The plan is that the new accommodation will be completed by autumn 2019.
Extra Care developments for older people provide those with support needs, with their own independent accommodation, but with the added benefit of care and support on site 24/7. The one or two bedroom flats also enable couples with different care needs to remain living together. To be eligible for Extra Care, a person must qualify for social housing, as well as adult social care support.