WORK is underway to build a new £3.4 million independent living scheme development dedicated for over 55s in Pensby.

Magenta Living's new Extra Care scheme, launched in 2017, aims to help the demand for high-quality accommodation for anyone over the age of 55.

The Pensby based Barncroft site on Larchwood Close would be the housing provider's first Extra Care Scheme in Wirral and will also offer a sensory garden to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.

Built by Anwyl Construction the development will feature a range of communal spaces and facilities to help combat social isolation and support well-being for residents along with 21 individual apartments.

The independent living community will also boast a shared lounge, an assisted bathroom and a garden room.

Residents will benefit from a range of 24 hour on-site support services,with flexible care packages available to suit individual needs.

Head of development at Magenta Living John Siddell told the Globe: “These latest developments underline our strategic goal of building new homes, as well as investing in our current housing stock.

"We’re working hard to meet a variety of housing needs across Wirral and beyond, and catering to the needs of people over 55 is a key focus for us.

“As we deal with the challenges posed by an ageing population, it will become increasingly important to have high-quality supported housing developments like Barncroft available.

"And, it’s essential to ensure that newly created communities- like the one we’re developing at Clifton Avenue in Eastham, support a broad spectrum of ages, to help promote social inclusion and limit the risk of loneliness – a growing concern amongst the older population.

"Above all, Magenta Living is committed to supporting vibrant homes, lives and neighbourhoods, and we know our new schemes will achieve all of these things.”

Construction has also begun on an apartment development for over 55s in Clifton Avenue, Eastham following the demolition of a vacant block of flats.