Topping out at Madeley

A special ceremony was held last week to mark the completion of external works on Housing 21’s new extra care scheme for older people in Madeley, Staffordshire. It is just one year since work started on the unique £8.2 million development to provide a new 63 apartment extra care scheme, along with The Madeley Centre, an environmentally friendly community hub and village centre.

BBC Radio Stoke presenter Stuart George joined representatives from the project partners – Housing 21, the Madeley Community Development Project Group, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Thomas Vale Construction – to celebrate the placing of the final tile on the roof.

Lea Court, the extra care scheme, will offer independent living along with 24 hour on-site care, if needed. The purpose-built two-bedroom apartments are available either to rent or to purchase on a shared ownership basis. In addition to a fully fitted kitchen and walk-in shower room each apartment will benefit from a secure entry system with intercom and emergency call facilities via a pull cord and pendant.

The Madeley Centre will provide the local community with a 200 seat capacity recreational hall for leisure, arts and theatre activities, café/restaurant, information centre, rural hub, healthy living suite and numerous multi-use meeting spaces for local groups of all ages and interests. A new children’s centre will also be based on the site.

Julia Godwin, development programme manager for Housing 21 said: “This is a fantastic development for the people of Madeley and the surrounding area. It’s very exciting to see both Lea Court and the Madeley Centre taking shape. Extra care living is an increasingly popular choice for older people because of the community facilities provided. The easy access for Lea Court residents to the Madeley Centre and its many facilities is going to be a huge benefit.”

The Madeley Centre will be an outstanding example of sustainable development, including features such as ‘energy-saving recommended’ thermally insulated floors, walls and ceilings, passive solar thermal panels for water heating and photovoltaic interlocking roof to provide the majority of the electricity requirements. Additional features include rainwater harvesting, a ground-source heat pump, a ‘natural’ ventilation system and a ‘green’ roof.

The project is due for completion in spring 2011.