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Work restarts on Blackwood homes for people with disabilities in Glasgow

The development in Glasgow will maximise independent living for people of all ages and disabilities.

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Blackwood, a housing and care organisation has returned on site to complete 24 accessible homes in Glasgow, which will help to transform the lives of people with disabilities – and provide a model for how specialist accommodation aimed at maximising independent living could look post-Covid.

Blackwood’s Helenvale development with Cruden Homes is a ground-breaking combination of accessible, affordable, and digitally connected two-bedroom homes which will maximise independent living for people of all ages and abilities. The development was suspended because of lockdown and is resuming under the new guidance for construction.

The development at Glamis Road – in partnership with Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership - is the latest collection of Blackwood Homes.

Simon Fitzpatrick, Development and Commercial Director at Blackwood, said: “Our focus at Blackwood is to enable all of our customers to live their life to the full, through a combination of technology and accessible design.

“One of the clear issues to emerge from the pandemic is the need to think differently about how care and support is delivered – and the increasing importance of the role that quality housing must play in the care of vulnerable people.

“This development is very timely as the need to better connect care and housing in future planning is vital as we look to the future post-Covid – something we feel is strongly reflected in the Helenvale development.

“We’ve had great support from DRS in Glasgow City Council to make this happen, and from their Health and Social Care colleagues, and we’re delighted to be back on site.

“As well as providing beautiful homes, we have married innovative technology with accessibility and care services, making these properties the perfect combination of housing and care for our customers to live safely for the future.

 “Each home at Helenvale will be completely wheelchair accessible and automated, while also providing inbuilt access to our bespoke technology enabled care system, CleverCogs™.

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