Work is complete on an £8.7 million retirement home in Stoke-on-Trent.
Developer Vistry Partnerships has finished the 57-bed Queen Elizabeth Court scheme in Fenton on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
The development boasts 57 bedrooms for the city’s elderly residents, as well as a communal dining room, a residents’ loung, a multi-activity room and a meeting room as well as electronic charging points for mobility scooters.
A dedicated management team will be available during the working week.
The QEII scheme is one of the first new-build projects to be delivered under the council’s ‘Age-Friendly Homes’ programme; an initiative aiming to improve housing in the city by replacing some existing housing with high quality, fit-for-purpose homes.
Ian Hilliker, Vistry Partnerships’ managing director for the North West, said: “The QEII project is a great scheme for the area, providing much-needed, high-quality housing for the city’s older residents.
“There is a real need for more homes across the UK, and this development is an excellent example of a local authority taking the initiative to address some of the housing shortages in their city. We are thrilled to have helped make their idea a reality.”
In 2018, Stoke-on-Trent City Council appointed Vistry Partnerships to deliver the scheme which benefitted from a £2.5m grant from Homes England.
Councillor Joanne Powell-Beckett, cabinet member for housing said: “Queen Elizabeth II Court is the first of a number of new build supported housing schemes that will replace the outdated sheltered housing schemes built in the 1960’s & early 1970’s that are no longer fit for purpose, and marks a new chapter in the provision of older persons supported housing across the city.
“The 57 self-contained supported apartments complete with communal facilities now enables residents to live independently, but with the peace of mind that care is on hand to deliver any support that is required.
“The development has helped bring an additional £18 million invested into Fenton. Funding which was provided by the Housing Revenue Account capital programme and grants from Homes England.”
During construction, Vistry Partnerships offered apprenticeships and traineeships to local residents, with 70 per cent of the labour and supply chain coming from within a 25km radius of the site.