ENGIE enhances LIFEstyle proposition with £20 million Scarborough scheme

21st March 2019

Scarborough Borough Council has approved a planning application by leading regeneration specialist, ENGIE, to build a bespoke over 55s housing development in Scarborough, advancing the company’s venture into the specialist housing market.

ENGIE launched its LIFEstyle offer in early 2018, offering purpose-built, energy-efficient and adaptable Life Long homes, with on-site support services which are tailored to meet individual customer needs.  The pilot project in Walton, Wakefield launched last summer with significant backing from the local authority who welcomed the fresh approach to delivering quality homes and services for older people.

This latest scheme in Scarborough has a gross development value of £20 million and will offer 108 two and three bedroom homes, including bungalows, houses and luxury apartments; plus, a clubhouse. 

The high quality homes are intelligently designed to provide level access and provide complete flexibility and peace of mind for the future. Customers can customize the layout and functionality of their home from new or easily add equipment or make adaptations retrospectively to ensure the property is just right for them. For example, walls can easily be removed, and two storey homes are ready to accommodate a through floor lift, plus bathrooms have wet room foundations making it easy and more cost effect to convert if required.

As with all LIFEstyle developments, additional services are available on a pay as you go basis in the form of gardening, domestic services, handy man, window cleaning and even dog walking – all organised and managed by the LIFEstyle Co-ordinator; while a community club house provides the opportunity to socialise and attend activities driven by customers lifestyle.

Paula Broadbent, Retirement Solutions Director for ENGIE explains: “In the 12 months since we launched LIFEstyle, we have already witnessed substantial changes in the way the Government, local council’s and general public view housing provision.

“There is a generation of over 55s, approaching retirement and with children that have flown the nest, who are living in large family homes that are too big or expensive to run.  Our own research demonstrated how people would be willing to move for the right product.  Similarly, there is a great deal of evidence to show how health and social care could be dramatically improved with the right type of age exclusive housing, which would ease pressure on the NHS and social care budget.

“We have taken this to several partners at local authorities across the UK, and Scarborough Borough Council in particular, were very keen to tackle this head on.  We identified a strong over 55s demographic in the region and so we are thrilled to be in a position where we can offer better options for local people and support the council in supporting their ageing population.”

ENGIE is expected to be on site this Spring and the build is projected to complete in early 2023.