Milestone for new extra care scheme

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper was at the topping out ceremony of a new £12.5 million Housing 21 extra care facility for older people in West Bromwich. He was joined by project partners to place the final tile on the roof of Goldfield Court in Dartmouth Street.

The event marks a major stage in the construction of the 93 apartment scheme which will provide people over the age of 55 with the option to rent or buy through shared ownership.

Councillor Cooper said: "This is the council delivering on its promise to bring significant changes in the way elderly people are looked after in the borough. This will be the third extra care centre opened in Sandwell and each have state-of-the-art facilities which is helping to bring housing care for the elderly into the 21st century."

Julia Godwin, development programme manager for Housing 21 added: “Goldfield Court will provide spacious apartments and independent living for older people. It is really exciting to see this lovely development taking shape and I’m sure it will be a great asset to the people of Greets Green.”

Other partners in the project include Thomas Vale Construction and the Homes and Communities Agency, who helped with funding of £5 million. The scheme’s on-site facilities will be accessible to the local community, including a restaurant and hair and beauty salon. Residents will benefit from features such as assisted bathrooms, telecare and a door entry system with intercom to every apartment.

Ian Cox, development & partnership director at Thomas Vale Construction added: "We have made great efforts to secure local sub-contractors and trainees to ensure that the wider benefits are spread across the borough."
Each apartment at Goldfield Court is designed for wheelchair access and will have its own sitting room, fully fitted kitchen, walk-in shower and non-slip flooring to the kitchen and bathroom.  An on-site team will provide care and support, tailored to meet individual needs.

Goldfield Court is due to complete in 2012 and is the second Housing 21 extra care housing scheme to be provided in Sandwell. The first, Queensridge Court in Oldbury, welcomed its first residents in November, 2010.

Further information on renting an apartment at Goldfield Court can be obtained from Sandwell Council ASSIST on 0845 352 2266. Information on purchasing an apartment via shared ownership can be obtained from Housing 21’s sales team on 0345 608 4021