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Official Topping Out ceremony held at new £11 million Independent Living complex in Harwich

30 May 2016

A new £11 million Independent Living complex for older people in Harwich, Rosebank Park, moved a step closer to completion after an official Topping Out ceremony held on Thursday 26 May.


Rosebank Park is being built on land adjacent to The Fryatt Hospital, Main Road, Harwich. 


Once complete its main building will boast 58 stylish self-contained apartments spread over three floors. It will also feature communal facilities including a residents’ lounge, restaurant and private courtyard garden.


The apartments, which will be available for affordable rent, will enable local older people with a care need to continue to live independently with the added security of care and support from One Housing Group’s Season homes, who will manage the site.


A second building will contain 12 self-contained apartments specifically for adults with learning difficulties.


The scheme, supported by £1.7 million grant funding from Essex County Council, is being delivered by Ashley House plc and its investment partner Funding Affordable Homes.


Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Children, Dick Madden, said:


“Essex has an ageing population and it is important that housing is in place to meet people’s changing needs. Essex County Council is committed to helping residents maintain their independence within their existing communities, and reducing the uncertainties surrounding old age. Independent Living facilities like Rosebank Park play a vital role in ensuring we can continue to do that.”


Cllr Giancarlo Guglielmi, Essex County Council Member for Tendring Rural West and Deputy Leader of Tendring District Council, marked this important stage in Rosebank Park’s development by laying a brick at the highest point of the building.
Paul Honeywood, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, welcomed the scheme.

He said: “This totally fits with our aim to provide local homes for local people – and it comes at an affordable price. It will also help to keep older people living independently in their own homes for longer while providing them with the support they need to achieve this. I look forward to the day when the first residents can move in to the apartments.”


Chris Lyons, Chairman of Ashley House plc, said: “The Rosebank Park Harwich Independent Living scheme is an exciting project for Ashley House. Together with our partner One Housing Group, and by working closely with Essex County Council and Tendring District Council, we have been able to realise a vision of both purpose built specialist care together with housing for older people in one complete development. Ashley House has many years’ experience in the development of health buildings and social housing and is looking forward to facilitating the improvement and enhancement of the lives of elderly residents and also adults with learning difficulties in the local area.”


Martin D’Mello,  Director of Housing & Facilities – One Support, at One Housing, said: “Living in a great home as part of a vibrant community makes a huge difference to older people’s quality of life. These apartments will offer excellent facilities for older people in Harwich and enable them to live independently with the security of our award-winning care and support service.”


Rosebank Park is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.


Individuals can register their interest in Rosebank Park by contacting the developer, Ashley House plc, by phone on 01628 600340 or by emailing