Roman Ridge Extra Care Scheme
Description of Scheme
The building is arranged as a series of interconnected blocks along the sinuous site, making best use of the available land. Links between the blocks are generously glazed to bring daylight and sunshine into the heart of the building and provide views to street and countryside at regular intervals.
The main entrance is curved and rendered to signal the entrance to the building and allow generous spaces for the entrance lobby and foyer, while the rear elevation
responds to its rural outlook with metal roofs with metal rods, vertical timber boarding above brickwork, and rough stone plinths.
The development is built to ECO Homes Very Good standard utilising Biomass 10% renewal energy as a heat source. Under floor heating is used to minimise the heat costs and risks of heat burns.
The external design uses vision panels to link the blocks thereby providing a break in the length and a view through it. It uses slate roofs to the rear with aluminium to the front. Louvre shading is used to the rear along with 'Eternit Bonding' on the external walls for low maintenance.
An Audio - Video Door Entry system provides secure access to apartments that incorporate walk in shower, grabs rails, D Handles to kitchen units and internet access.
The scheme also has 8 wheelchair apartments having adjustable hobs, sink and work surfaces.
Where Is It?
The development is on the cleared site of a 1950's council estate that has a prominent position in the north of the city. The area is well served by facilities, having good access to shops, an efficient transport network and a new medical centre due to open March 2011.
The area's most notable historical reference is the Iron Age Hill Fort, which stands on the summit of Wincobank Hill overlooking the River Don. Wincobank Hill dominates the skyline of the Lower Don Valley, and offers superb views over the city. The hill is of city-wide value for nature conservation with plans for special management proposals for protecting the wildlife and environment of the hill and its woodlands. The Friends of Wincobank is a special action group formed to promote interest in the hill and its wildlife.
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There are excellent transport links up and down the hill from Roman Ridge. Buses run between Wincobank and the city centre every quarter of an hour. Transport links are equally good from Wincobank to the bustling shopping experience that is Meadowhall. Located just over a mile away, Meadowhall features over 280 leading stores.
Relevant Local Strategy
Sheffield devised an Extra Care Housing (ECH strategy in 2001 with the aim of providing a number of schemes along with at least 1 larger village. This was linked to the decommissioning of a number of the councils Residential Care Homes and Sheltered Housing schemes that no longer met modern day standards. Consideration was also given to the number of older people that lived in the different parts of the city as well as the existing provision in those areas.
To date, there are 4 ECH schemes with a larger village in development.
Useful Local Statistics
Local demographic data showed that there was a large older population in the area but poor existing housing provision for them. When the decision was taken to close the only existing council sheltered housing scheme in the area, there was an obvious need for new provision.
Extra Care scheme with on-site care staff (24 hours / 7 days), non-resident management staff and community alarm service
- Guest facilities
- Hobby room
- Activities room
- Hairdressing salon
80 flats. Sizes 1bed, 2bed. Built in 2009.
Rent (social landlord) and Shared Ownership and Leasehold
2 Lavender Way
Scheme Location Map
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