A show home at a new Extra Care housing scheme for older people in Northwich has been officially opened.
The new development is being built in a partnership between affordable homes provider Wulvern and Cheshire West and Chester Council . The development has been partly funded with a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Sue Lock, Wulvern’s chief executive, cut the ribbon at Anderton Place to celebrate the key milestone in the scheme’s development which will provide 58 high-quality one and two bedroom Extra Care apartments available to rent or to buy on a shared ownership basis.
Mrs Lock was joined by Neil Pickering, Head of Area for the HCA, Councillor Brenda Dowding, executive member for adult social care and health Cheshire West & Chester and Harold Carr, the first person to reserve an apartment.
Sue said: “We’re delighted to see the show home now open. It brings us a step closer to welcoming the first residents. As Northwich’s first Extra Care scheme, Anderton Place will provide much-needed housing and support for older people, helping them to remain independent for longer.”
Due for completion in July 2014, Anderton Place has a tranquil waterside location on Sandbach Drive on the Kingsmead estate and is the latest development by award-winning Wulvern to provide a new way of retirement living for Cheshire’s ageing population. It boasts purpose-built self-contained apartments with generously sized rooms and modern interiors with accessible fixtures and fittings including wet floor shower rooms, plus the reassurance of 24-hour on-site care and support. Residents will also benefit from a bistro, hair and beauty salon, communal lounge and entertainment area, landscaped gardens, spa bathroom, IT suite and a wide range of social activities and events. These excellent communal facilities will also be available for the wider community to enjoy, making it a valuable hub for local people.
Senior development officer, Ann Lander, explains: “Extra Care housing is the perfect choice for older people looking to enjoy an independent lifestyle. As a non-profit making organisation, Wulvern is able to ensure Extra Care living is affordable to all whether you are looking to rent or purchase a home at Anderton Place.”