Work continues on £19m Workington retirement village

Mark Jenkinson visits Harbor Place

Work continues on a new £19million retirement estate in Workington – and a time capsule has now been buried for future generations.

The 107-home Harbor Place on Lawson Street is being built by Riverside Housing and will include on-site care and facilities, including a cafe and a hair and beauty salon.

The site was visited by MP for Workington Mark Jenkinson, who buried the time capsule created by year six pupils at Beckstone Primary School in Harrington, with their predictions of what life will be like 50 years from now, when it will be dug up.

Along with drawings of flying cars and glass phones, students submitted predictions of a “healthier world” and a “better environment.” The capsule also included information about their favorite food and music, as well as small items such as copies of local newspapers, to give future generations a glimpse of life in 2022.

Harbor Square, Workington

The £19million project has been awarded an £8million grant under the Homes England Affordable Housing scheme, will provide a mix of self-contained homes with care for the local community who have care needs and Support. This includes 79 apartments for people in need of extra care, 28 affordable rental bungalows for people over 55, as well as facilities for the area like a community café and a hair and beauty salon.

Mr Jenkinson said: “This important project will help meet demands for affordable housing and provide homes for people with care and support needs. I look forward to seeing the building work ramp up over the next two years, culminating in an additional care scheme for Workington, complete with a community cafe and a hair and beauty salon.

What Harbor Place might look like

“At the same time, it will create jobs, bring a brownfield site back into use and help meet a growing demand for housing assistance and care in our community.

“It’s really encouraging to see such a major development in Workington.”

Work on the site began in April and is expected to be completed by October 2024. It has been estimated that over its lifespan the development will potentially support 378 direct jobs, 296 indirect jobs and 570 indirect jobs created in the supply chain and the economy.

Once Harbor Place is operational, it is estimated that approximately 40 full-time equivalent positions will be created.

Andrea Thorn, Director of Homes and Communities at Riverside, said: “We have enjoyed welcoming Mark to our new Harbor Place development which will provide much-needed affordable homes with on-site care and fantastic communal facilities.

“With a quarter of Allerdale’s population over the age of 65, this program will support those with increasing needs for housing support and care within the community.

“We are delighted to fulfill a promise we made to Impact Housing and the region, when they joined the Riverside Group four years ago in renovating a disused site into a high quality development that will benefit the local community. . »

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