Welcome to The Laureates
The Laureates is our development of 62 spacious retirement apartments located in Guiseley, near Leeds.
These stylish one and two-bedroom apartments are designed exclusively for today's over-60s, offering a lively and welcoming community of like-minded people as well as on-site care and support if and when you need it.
The Laureates offers independent living and peace of mind, wave goodbye to the hassle of external maintenance of your property and enjoy the peace of mind from a manager being on-site during office hours.
This landmark development is conveniently located in the centre of the town, The Laureates is close to local amenities, including a wide range of shops plus rail and bus links to Leeds, Bradford and the surrounding areas. Its modern design draws on Yorkshire’s heritage and makes day-to-day living tasks effortless.
At The Laureates we offer properties for sale and for rent. Prospective tenants for rented properties would need to be nominated to us by Leeds City Council. To be nominated by the council you will need to demonstrate a need for our onsite care team. Please contact us for more information on eligibility requirements on 01943 876 228 or speak to Leeds Adult Social Care on 0113 222 4401.
If you’d like more information about The Laureates, please get in touch. We’d be delighted to hear from you.
The service at The Laureates is performing very well
Features of The Laureates
Shared facilities complementing each private residence:
- 2 lifts
- Hairdressing salon
- Secure door entry system on all external doors
Well maintained outdoor space for you to enjoy:
- Seated patio area
- Raised allotments flowerbeds
Care and support
More support available when you need it:
- On‑site care services
- Supporting Manager
- 24 hour emergency response call system
Life at The Laureates
At The Laureates you will be able to take advantage of a range of facilities, whether to enhance your social life or to enrich your private time.
You can relax or entertain guests in the stylish and comfortable coffee lounge area which can also be used for social events or booked for private parties.
You can keep in touch with family and friends or surf the internet, in the WiFi internet area.
Our spa room and hair salon offer a tranquil retreat where you can indulge yourself with treatments from visiting therapists.
Our luxurious lounge, which opens out onto the landscaped courtyard, will be the focus for many social activities throughout the year.
At The Laureates you need never worry again about external maintenance and repairs. This is all carried out professionally and the costs are included in the monthly service charge.
Each apartment offers generous living areas, and most have external patios or balconies. Main bedrooms have direct access to bathrooms. The kitchens offer high quality units and are fully fitted with oven, hob, extractor hood, washer-dryer and integrated fridge-freezers.
Storage has been carefully considered throughout and many of the apartments feature separate utility rooms.
Each home has its own energy-efficient gas boiler and is fitted with the latest smoke detectors and intruder alarms.
There’s also an emergency alarm that puts you in direct contact with on-site staff at any time of the day or night.
All properties at The Laureates are built to NHBC (National House Building Council) standards and upon completion were issued with a NHBC certificate and associated 10 year warranty.
As an Approved Operator, we have signed up to the ARCO Consumer Code, and aim to ensure compliance with the ARCO Consumer Code in the operation of our extra care housing schemes and villages. For further information see www.arcouk.org.
Our retirement properties have a real community feel where people interact with their neighbours, families and friends, continuing to do all the things they love.
Residents get together to organise a wide range of activities and events tailored to their interests and hobbies, such as chair exercise, art club, film nights, play reading, jigsaw club and fish and chip lunches.
The Laureates has its own dedicated care and support team based on-site called Anchor Homecare.
Delivered by a highly professional and dedicated team, Anchor Homecare is designed to make daily living easier and more enjoyable for people with care and support needs wanting to maintain an independent lifestyle.
The types of Anchor Homecare services that we offer are: Domestic Home Help Services, Personal Care and Companionship Services. Examples of typical activities covered include:
• Companionship services such as arranging social appointments, making travel arrangements, help participating in hobbies and company at meal times.
• Home help services such as light housekeeping, supervising home maintenance and help with shopping.
• Personal care services including help with bathing, dressing and shaving, providing medication reminders and administration, monitoring diet and offering eating support.
Anchor Homecare services are available through a range of flexible care options, from on-going packages of care to one-off or short-term services. Charges for these services will vary depending on the level of support required.
The Anchor Homecare team is registered with the Care Quality Commission and our trained staff work with you to develop an individual care plan tailored to your personal circumstances and lifestyle preferences.
We endeavour to be completely transparent about all our charges and fees. Below is indicative pricing to act as a guide to the costs at The Laureates, Guiseley. For further information please contact us.
How much does it cost?
Properties for rent
Your monthly fee will range from £640.61 and normally includes your rent and service charge.
Properties for sale
Service charges start at £336.88 per month. They cover the costs associated with the day to day repair and management of the estate, including insurance of the building and maintenance of communal areas.
What is included in rental fees?
Ongoing charges for rented customers while living at The Laureates:
Rents at The Laureates vary by size and type of property and are reviewed on 1 April each year.
All residents pay a contribution to the running costs of the facilities, support services and maintenance of the building and grounds which is known as the ‘service charge’. The service charge is divided into a number of components detailed below.
Component Elements of the Service Charge:
The Management Team
The Mixed Tenure Managers and support teams are responsible for the day to day running of The Laureates and all its amenities. They ensure that all aspects of The Laureates are constantly monitored and that the well-being of all residents is maintained. The management team on site are supported by central teams based in our support hub and head office.
A management fee covers the costs of the services provided to the properties centrally by Anchor. The services provided include HR, IT and Finance.
Gardens and Grounds
There are places to relax and unwind in the communal grounds. The Mixed Tenure Managers arrange for a gardening contractor to tend them and also look after the paths and walkways to make sure they are free of trip hazards.
Communal Areas, Electricity, Gas and Water
The heating, lighting and use of water in the communal areas and grounds are metered by the respective utility companies and the bills are submitted to Anchor for payment on behalf of The Laureates.
24-Hour On-call Response
Your property is equipped with an emergency call system which will result in an on-call member of the team coming directly to your assistance, in an emergency. During times when there is no Anchor presence on site the calls are directed to Anchor on Call (Anchor’s 24-hour customer centre).
Maintenance and Repair Contracts
The service charge covers the regular external window cleaning as well as costs associated with the servicing and repair of the communal items such as lifts. The communal areas are inspected by the maintenance team to make sure that all lights and equipment are working correctly. They also arrange for PAT (portable appliance test) for all communal electrical equipment.
Replacement of major items
There are a number of communal items of equipment such as furniture and fittings, warden call/door entry system, fire system equipment, lifts, TV aerials and laundry equipment which are paid for through an asset replacement charge.
Under this charge we calculate an annual contribution from customers by taking the initial cost of an item and spreading that cost equally overs its anticipated life. Each customer then pays an equal proportion towards that year's cost.
Water charges for individual properties
All customers are responsible for their own water charges. Each property has its own meter registered to Yorkshire Water.
Your local council will be able to advise you about getting help paying your rent and service charge through housing benefit. They will also be able to tell you if they will be paying grant to us to meet or contribute towards the support cost elements of our services to you.
What is included in leasehold charges?
Ongoing charges for leasehold customers while living at The Laureates:
£490 per year from February 2018
It will increase by £100 every 10 years thereafter. This is payable on the 30 April each year and if you purchase your lease part way through the year a proportion of the amount due will be payable.
£216.79 per month (1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019)
All residents pay a contribution to the running costs of the facilities, support services and maintenance of the building and grounds which is known as the ‘service charge’. The service charge is divided into a number of components detailed below. The service charge account is raised in advance and is split equally between all of the apartments.
The Main Elements of your Service Charge include:
The Management Team
The Mixed Tenure Managers are responsible for the day to day running of The Laureates and all its amenities. They ensure that all aspects of The Laureates are constantly monitored and that the well-being of all residents is maintained. The service charge also contributes towards the costs of management services provided centrally by Anchor.
Gardens and Grounds
The Gardener will tend the gardens and grounds and also look after the paths and walkways to make sure they are free of trip hazards.
Communal Areas Electricity, Gas and Water
The heating, lighting and use of water in the communal areas and gardens are metered by the respective utility companies and the bills are submitted to the management company for payment on behalf of The Laureates. As a resident, you are responsible for your own utility bills and Council Tax.
24-Hour On-call Response
Your apartment is equipped with an emergency call system which will result in an on-call member of the team coming directly to your assistance.
Telephone, Television and Wi-Fi
The apartments are provided with telephone points. It is your responsibility to choose a provider (line rental will apply).
There will be Wi-Fi in the communal areas within The Laureates for you to access. If you would like Wi-Fi in your individual property then you can purchase this separately – direct with a provider of your choice.
For TV - we provide standard Freeview TV channels and the property is wired for satellite. If you want to receive satellite services you will need to subscribe directly with a provider. You are responsible for obtaining a TV licence for your property, if required.
Insurance, Maintenance and Repair Contracts
We arrange for any external maintenance to your apartment and its facilities, and insure all the buildings. The service charge also covers regular window cleaning. Repair contracts for lifts, central kitchen equipment and other plant and equipment are in place and all necessary checks are done on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis to comply with manufacturer’s recommendations and legislative requirements. Please note as an owner you will be responsible for the internal maintenance and redecoration of your apartment and for home contents insurance.
Sales Transition and Administration fee for resale
£660 inc. VAT at 20%
This covers Anchr's operational and administrational costs of dealing with the resales process. Details of charges for any additional solicitor enquiries are made available within the Sellers and Purchases information pack.
Sinking fund contribution
The sinking fund is a fund which Anchor will build up over time. This will be held to cover the cost of major repairs and refurbishment works which are not covered by the monthly service charge. You can choose to contribute to the sinking fund monthly or defer until point of sale. Your solicitor can explain how the sinking fund is calculated as this is a calculation dependent on many variables including the retail price index. Alternatively you can contact Anchor’s leasehold team for a calculation. This fund is ring-fenced for the benefit of The Laureates only.
Applying to live here
Anyone aged 55 or over can apply for an Anchor property.
Property options will depend on your circumstances and what’s available.
If this location is showing immediate availability you may be able to move in straight away. However, due to the popularity of our locations, it’s likely that you’ll be placed on a waiting list, with properties allocated based on a number of factors (see frequently asked questions).
- Make an enquiry
To start your enquiry, simply click the “Enquire now” button where you’ll be given the option to complete an online enquiry form or to call us on the number provided.
- Choose your home
We’ll send you information about the location(s) you’re interested in, including details of current vacancies and any waiting list(s). If you'd like to visit, you’re welcome to contact the local manager who’ll be happy to show you around in person. If you’d prefer, we can also offer virtual viewings using technology to support your decision-making, where this is possible.
- Complete an application
Once you’ve decided that a location is right for you and that you’re eligible, you’ll need to apply for a property by calling our Customer Centre on 0800 731 2020. Or visit your chosen location where the manager will take your application. In either case, we’ll take you through the process in person.
- Next steps
Where there’s a vacant property and no waiting list, you’ll be able to view it and may be able to move in immediately. However, due to their popularity, many locations have a waiting list.
Once we receive and have processed your application, you’ll receive a letter confirming that you’re on the waiting list for your chosen location(s) and advising you on what you can expect next.
Your application will be held on the waiting list in date order. Note that we may need to offer a property to someone who’s applied after you and has a priority need for housing (see frequently asked questions).
Below are some frequently asked questions to help you apply to live with us:
Which locations can I apply for?
You can apply to live in any of our properties throughout England.
How many locations can I apply for?
You can apply for up to five retirement housing for rent locations. However, make sure you only apply for locations that you're interested in as you can only refuse up to three offers before your application is closed for all locations.
How do you allocate properties on the waiting list?
We’ll put your application on the waiting list in date order however there are several other factors that need to be taken into account:
- We’re obliged to offer some of our empty properties to local authorities - this varies from location to location
- When we do let from our own waiting list then we initially seek to offer properties to:
- our own tenants and leaseholders who are seeking a transfer, subject to living with Anchor for at least 12 months, adhering to our tenancy agreement, and having an up-to-date rent account. Existing residents receive only one priority move with Anchor.
- an applicant with a priority need for housing. This may include someone who urgently needs a specially adapted property.
We aim to make the best use of our properties by matching the size of an applicant’s household to the size of the property and those with a better match will be offered a property first.
How long will I have to wait for a property?
We can let you know how many people are on the waiting list for location(s) you’re interested in as well as how many properties we’ve let to applicants on the waiting list in the past 12 months.
However, we’re unable to give you an exact timeframe for how long it will take to be offered a property. Timings will depend on the waiting list and a property becoming available.
Can I take a tour of the location?
Yes, the local manager will be happy to show you around, although you may not be able to see inside properties if they’re occupied. If you'd like to visit, please contact the local manager using the number provided on enquiry.
If you’d prefer, we can also offer virtual viewings using technology to support your decision-making, where this is possible.
The local manager will provide important local information such as public transport options, car parking and scooter storage, social activities taking place, alongside room dimensions and what furnishings you can expect.
They can also help you to complete an application if required.
In many of our locations we welcome applicants on the waiting list to join in social activities so you can make friends before you make a move.
I’ve also applied to my local authority – can I still apply for an Anchor property?
Yes. We work with a large number of local authorities. If you also apply to a local authority, you may increase your chances of finding a property. For more information, contact your local authority’s housing department.
Shakespeare Road, Guiseley, West Yorkshire, LS20 9BR
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