Kier was joined by councillors from Exeter City Council this week to celebrate topping out at St Loyes Extra Care Home Scheme. The main structure is now complete for the £9.8m development that will be the first passivhaus standard care home in the country.

Situated off Topsham Road in Exeter, St Loyes Extra Care Home Scheme will comprise of 53 apartments that have been carefully designed to meet the needs of its residents, the elderly and those requiring dementia care. Across the 5-storey building, there will also be lounges, dining rooms, hobby spaces including a library, as well as a salon and spa treatment room. Surrounding the building will be landscaped gardens.  

The passivhaus care home is set to open in autumn this year and the building’s internal environment will provide unique heat, air and water features for optimum comfort as well as being energy efficient. As part of Exeter Council’s climate strategy, and utilising Exeter University’s PROMETHEUS weather data up to 2080, the new passivhaus care home will adapt to changing weather climates – from rising temperatures to storms.

Alongside St Loyes Extra Care Home, Kier is also delivering St Sidwell’s Point to a passivhaus standard as its supports Exeter City Council’s aims to become a Net Zero Carbon city by 2030.

Doug Lloyd, operations director at Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, states: “We are extremely proud to be working with Exeter City Council to build the UK’s first passivhaus standard care home. Topping out of the main structure is an important milestone for St Loyes Extra Care Scheme that is set to provide comfortable living space with low energy costs for its residents when it opens and provide longevity as the building will adapt to predicted weather conditions.

“Working with our local supply chain, we will spend the coming months completing the building ready for opening in autumn. During this time, we will continue to engage with the local community and showcase all that this building will have to offer residents of Exeter for years to come.”

Council Leader Phil Bialyk said: “We’ve reached a key milestone in the construction of this amazing building and I couldn’t be more pleased.

“Exeter is committed to becoming a Net Zero Carbon city by 2030, and the Council is leading by example, constructing both new council housing and other developments to super energy efficient standards.

“That is important in lifting people out of fuel poverty, and it’s also important in reducing carbon emissions as we work towards our ambitious target of becoming a Net Zero carbon city by 2030.”

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult care and health, said: “We would all rather be able to stay living in our own homes as our health deteriorates.  Extra care housing like this, alongside personal care delivered in the community, is giving people that opportunity to receive the care they need while remaining as independent as possible in their own home. 

“This is the first Extra Care scheme for us in the city, but follows great success in towns including Totnes, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Ivybridge and Bideford.”

Across the five-storey building there will also be lounges, dining rooms, hobby spaces including a library, as well as a salon and spa treatment room. Surrounding the building will be landscaped gardens. 

Cllr Laura Wright, Lead Councillor for Council Housing Development & Services, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see the progress of this excellent project, which will help to meet the identified need for extra care accommodation in Exeter.

“It is a fantastic building, constructed to the very highest standards, which will support elderly residents with care needs in our city.”

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