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Award-winning housing scheme achieves further success

A £14 million independent living scheme designed to provide the best in older people’s housing and support has won yet another national award for its design.

Pencric, an 82-apartment extra care scheme in Penkridge village, south Staffordshire, was crowned best care complex in the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.

The scheme, which was developed by the Housing Plus Group and is managed by its care and support company Care Plus, was previously named 2014 Midlands Development of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Housing in November, and continues to win praise for its design.

Head of development Charlie Riley and senior development officer Lesley Birch picked up the trophy and a £500 cash prize at the ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in London. The prize money will be divided between Housing Plus’s charities of the year: the MS Society and SANE Mental Health.

Ursula Bennion, director of business development at Housing Plus, said: “It is a great honour to win this award. From start to finish, everyone involved with the project – including our architects Pozzoni and partners South Staffordshire Council – had a very clear understanding of the housing needs of the local community. The completed development has exceeded expectations and raised the bar for purpose-built extra care schemes.”

John Cooke, partner at Pozzoni, said: “We’re delighted that the Pencric project has won the Best Care Complex award. We have a great deal of knowledge and experience of working in the senior living sector and we know that a well-designed building can have a real impact on the quality of life of residents.”

Pencric offers an active place to live for people aged 55 and above, or younger people with a care and support need who have a connection to Penkridge and the surrounding parishes. It provides high quality apartments within a supportive environment, together with a range of communal facilities, many of which are open to the local community to use and enjoy. People living in the scheme benefit from having a dedicated team of staff who can provide support if needed and respond to emergencies 24 hours per day.

Extra care housing provides older people with the opportunity to live independently in their own self-contained homes, with access to communal facilities and the option for additional care and support.