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It’s official – work has started on our new 24-apartment supported living scheme in Leith.

Heron Court will be a development of attractive and modern one bedroom apartments, specially adapted for people with physical and learning disabilities.

Designed around individual needs

As with all our supported living services, apartments are tailored to accommodate different support needs in one building, including profound, complex support needs as well as those seeking more independence. The additional needs required within a person’s living environment can range from widened doors, wet rooms, low level kitchen facilities and specialist lighting for people with autism.

The £5.4m Heron Court scheme, the first in Scotland, is being delivered by specialist supported living developer HBV in partnership with Lifeways, Inclusion Housing and Edinburgh City Council.

Andy Wood, Community Engagement and Development Manager at Lifeways said:

“It’s always wonderful to see work start on a worthwhile project like this, and it’s the result of many years of partnership with HBV and other organisations to develop much needed accommodation and support for some of the most vulnerable people. We’ve had nothing but good experiences working alongside HBV and have developed some fantastic schemes across the country. Now we can replicate that here in Leith and provide high quality homes and truly person-centred support for those who need it most. I can’t wait to see the progress and ultimately start welcoming people into their new homes in early 2021.”

Frank Ross, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, said:

"Edinburgh is known as an inclusive and caring city with strong communities that work hard to support each other. It is so important that our citizens have access to high-quality public services and, for many, access to good quality housing is the foundation of a good quality of life and good health."

"This new development at Heron Court will help 24 local adults with disabilities move into their own apartment from early 2021. It will offer the benefits of independent living with the security of on-site staff and I’m pleased to join Deidre Brock MP for this ground-breaking ceremony."

Deirdre Brock MP said:

"I’m delighted to have been invited to officially start work at this site in the heart of our community in Leith. We need to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society are well cared for and looked after in suitable accommodation. This development will put a lot of smiles on a lot of people’s faces when it is completed next year. I’m looking forward to visiting the site when it is completed and meeting its residents."

Judith Proctor, chief officer of the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, added:

"Working with HBV and Lifeways, we have been able to identify a need for homes for adults with learning disabilities. We have procured a developer to deliver these homes - co-produced with residents to feature the access requirements and technology they need - and this has all been without the need for public funding."

Alastair Sheehan, development director of HBV, said:

"We are delighted to get work started at this special site in the heart of the community. We have had tremendous support from the planning team at Edinburgh City Council as well as the commissioning team responsible for delivering specialist supported care. We’re delighted that everyone recognises the need for specialist supported living accommodation for some of the local community’s most vulnerable people."

"It is pleasing to see that Scotland has some of the most forward-looking adult social care commissioners in the UK and we are engaging with as many of them as we can to help them bring similar schemes to their own localities."

"Many of the tenants living here will be having the keys to their own front door for the first time in their lives which will be a tremendous boost to their independence and a positive impact on their lives. We are tremendously excited by all the development and regeneration progressing in Leith and we are pleased to be playing a small role in contributing to a diverse and inclusive local community."

Watch this space for more news about the progress of the build at Heron Court!

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