Bedworth schoolchildren lay brick at new development site

Oakwood_gardens_group_shot.jpgConstruction skills came early for a group of Bedworth youngsters this week when they donned hard hats to lay a brick at the site of a new Housing & Care 21 extra care scheme.

The children, from Race Leys Junior School, won a competition to help name the scheme, which will be known as Oakwood Gardens. They were joined by colleagues of Housing & Care 21, members of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council and Willmott Dixon, the construction company that is building the scheme.

David Harding, Headteacher of the school said:  “Race Leys Juniors were delighted to play such an important part in the naming of the new development. The children enthusiastically responded and suggested a whole range of interesting names. We very much look forward to further developing our links with Housing 21.”

When complete, Oakwood Gardens - which is being built on the site of the former Griff School - will provide 74 apartments and 11 bungalows for older people.

Kris Peach, Regional Director for Housing & Care 21 said: “It’s good to see the children getting involved by naming the new development. Earlier in the day they had a lesson on site safety with Willmott Dixon’s mascot, Ivor Goodsite, and I’m sure there will be further joint working opportunities as the development progresses.”

Councillor Jose Compton, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care added: “The County Council is committed to looking after our most vulnerable residents. Oakwood Gardens, and other housing schemes like this, will ensure that older people have the opportunity to live a more independent life.”

Oakwood Gardens will provide apartments for rent, shared ownership and outright sale. The new development will enable older people to live independent lives with help on hand, tailored to individual need.  Onsite facilities will include a residents’ lounge, dining room, buggy store, assisted bathing, hairdressing salon, wellbeing suite, hobby room, guest suite, care shop, staff facilities and extensive gardens. Some of the facilities, such as the hairdressing salon and dining room, will be accessible to the local community.

Councillor Julie Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Housing said: “This is the first extra care facility in the borough. It is designed to offer accommodation to older residents of Nuneaton and Bedworth via the council’s ‘Home Hunt’ register. This has been achieved through strong partnership working between all the agencies and local residents via a public consultation. I also think the children of Race Leys School have come up with an excellent name in Oakwood Gardens.”

The development in Bedworth is one in a programme of new schemes that Housing & Care 21 is developing across Warwickshire with part funding from the Homes & Communities Agency. Housing & Care 21 will also be delivering the care service at the schemes.