A NEW partnership has been forged between a housebuilder and a supported living specialist in Altrincham.

Bosses at Lovell say they have come to an agreement with HBV after working together on a number of projects over the past eight years.

One of these has been the £4million Oak House, pictured right, delivered with Birmingham City Council.

Part of the Morgan Sindall group, Lovell has a £3billion turnover and has a strong track record with housing associations and local authorities.

Jonathan Wrigley, executive chairman of HBV, said: “The synergies were clear from our first discussion with Lovell and this partnership is an exciting new opportunity for us to build on the progress we’ve made during the past decade in the supported living sector.

“During this time, we’ve become a market leader in developing bespoke new-build apartments, specifically created for people with learning or physical disabilities.

“We’ve changed the lives of disabled people, their families and local communities with a fresh approach to supported living accommodation.

“It’s been a challenging period in our sector for the past 18 months, largely due to the regulatory uncertainty caused by inexperienced developers flooding the market with short term inadequate accommodation.

“A major requirement still exists for high-quality, bespoke new-build supported living accommodation across the UK, with full support from politicians on all sides and a pent-up demand for high quality long-term housing solutions from adult social care commissioning teams.

“This focus on quality, safety and more suitable independent living spaces for vulnerable adults is more important than ever before in the current climate as the sector tackles the issues surrounding COVID-19.

“As a formidable partnership, HBV and Lovell stand ready to support any local authority reviewing its future requirements.

“We are now better placed than ever to meet demand for years to come.”

Steve Coleby, managing director of Lovell, added: “We are pleased to become a partner of HBV, as they are already a trusted partner for many housing associations, care providers and local authorities.

“We are looking forward to working together, blending our respective skillsets and developing a healthy pipeline of new supported living developments across the country for the people in our communities who need it most.”

The Altrincham outfit was first formed in 2011 and has been responsible for creating more than 1,500 supported living apartments and bungalows across a number of different locations.