Westhall Court celebrates official opening

Birmingham City Council and Housing 21 have officially opened an extra care scheme for older people in Yardley, Birmingham.

Residents of Westhall Court in Sheldon Heath Road, were joined by representatives of the Homes and Communities Agency and Willmott Dixon to celebrate the new development.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing at Birmingham City Council, presented the residents with a commemorative plaque.  This was followed by a tour of the £10 million retirement complex.

Joan Kelly, 67, is a new resident of the Court.  Before moving into the complex she lived alone - her children had grown up and moved out, and although very supportive, she felt lonely isolated with no immediate neighbours to call on for help should she need it.  

Joan said: “I had no social life outside of my family and started to suffer from depression.  The move to Westhall Court has made a positive impact on my life, I feel like a different person - more alive.  I put this down to the people who live and work here.  I mix with other residents, and when I feel like being creative I can pop down to the hobby room.  There are also lots social events to keep me occupied.  So all in all, I’m very pleased that I moved here.  I feel safe and very happy now.”

Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr John Lines, said: “It’s always good to hear positive experiences from residents who have moved into their new home, its comments like this that make my job very rewarding.  

“This £11 million scheme is one of two developments with Housing 21.  The second, Saxon Court in Turves Green Northfield, is complete and is also thriving.  Both offer residents excellent quality accommodation with care support, social and leisure facilities.  This style of village has become very popular in recent years and continues to go from strength to strength.”

Westhall Court is the first of two new Housing 21 extra care schemes in Birmingham. The development of 87 two bedroom apartments received £5.4m of investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the council land on which the development stands went into the deal to make it financially viable. The other Housing 21 development, Saxon Court in Turves Green, welcomed its first residents in May.

David O’Neill, head of strategic delivery for Housing 21 said: “It’s delightful to be here today to celebrate this wonderful extra care scheme with the residents. We’re seeing an increasing number of older people who want to live independently and want to have a choice. Westhall Court provides exactly that and is a real alternative to residential care.”

The scheme provides options for rent or for purchase either via shared ownership or outright sale. Purchase options start from as little as £30,000 (based on the 25% purchase of a two bedroom apartment).

Residents are able to enjoy independent living in a safe and secure environment with access to 24 hour care if needed. Communal facilities include a hairdressing salon, restaurant, communal lounge, well-being suite, hobbies room and guest suite that can be booked by family/friends.

A number of apartments at Westhall Court are still available for purchase. Further information can be obtained by contacting Housing 21’s Sales Team on
0345 608 4021 or by email sales@housing21.co.uk

Photo:  David O’Neill, Head of Strategy Development, Housing 21, Joan Kelly, Cllr Lines and David Taylor

Editor's notes

  1. For further information, please contact Wendy Gornicki, PR & Information Officer, Housing 21 on 0370 192 4338 or email wendy.gornicki@housing21.co.uk
  2. Housing 21’s mission is to promote independence and choice for older people through quality care, health and housing services. It provides around 124,000 hours of community care each week and manages 18,200 sheltered and extra care apartments.
  3. Keep up to date with Housing 21 at www.facebook.com/housing21.co.uk or via our website www.housing21.co.uk