Web Ellis Court naming

News-students-name-court-web.JPGFour pupils from Eastlands Primary School in Lansdowne Place donned hard hats this week for a special visit to a new housing development site which they helped to name.

The Housing & Care 21 extra care scheme for older people is to be known as Webb Ellis Court, after the man who is credited with inventing the game of rugby when he was a pupil at Rugby School.

The pupils, from years 4 and 6, took part in a competition to suggest a name for the new 61 apartment development. The children were joined by ‘Ivor Goodsite’, the construction mascot of Willmott Dixon, the construction company that is building the scheme. Representatives of Housing & Care 21, Warwickshire County Council, Rugby Borough Council and Eastlands Primary School also attended the event.

Kris Peach, Regional Director for Housing & Care 21 said: “Webb Ellis Court is a perfect name for this scheme, so very well done to the four children who suggested it. I’m sure there will be further opportunities for building the relationship between the pupils of Eastland Primary School and the residents of the new apartments.”

Jo Corrigan, Head Teacher at Eastlands Primary School added: “Eastlands Primary School were pleased to be invited to name the new housing development for new residents in our local community and look forward to further opportunities to work with the housing developers and new residents in the future.”

Webb Ellis Court will provide apartments for rent and shared ownership. The new development is being built on the site of the former Abbotsbury care home and will enable older people to live independent lives with help on hand, tailored to individual need.  Onsite facilities will also include a restaurant and hairdressing salon, which will be open to the wider local community.

Eamonn Burns, Operations Director for Willmott Dixon said: ‘We are delighted to be facilitating this visit to allow pupils to be fully involved with seeing this exciting project take shape.’

Cllr Jose Compton, portfolio holder for Adult Social Care, said: “We are delighted that we have taken another step forward to give older people the opportunity to live independently and safely in their local community. This scheme will benefit older people by giving them more choice and control about how they live in later life.”

Cllr Leigh Hunt, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable inclusive communities, said: “Webb Ellis Court, along with our nearby development in Pettiver Crescent, illustrates the council’s determination to deliver housing which meets the needs of our residents.

“The pupils from Eastlands Primary School have certainly chosen a fitting name, with the development scheduled for completion next year when the Rugby World Cup promises to bring hundreds of visitors to the birthplace of the game.”

The development forms part of Housing & Care 21’s Affordable Homes Programme with the Homes and Communities Agency.