New £7.2m scheme named after rugby inventor
Work on a new £7.2million affordable housing scheme for older people in rugby named after the man credited with inventing the game is now complete.
The first residents have moved in at Webb Ellis Court and representatives gathered at the site for a ceremony to mark its completion on Monday (July 6).
Webb Ellis Court features 61 self-contained, modern one and two-bedroom apartments with care facilities on site and a range of communal facilities, including a restaurant, lounge, hair salon and a guest suite for friends and family to stay.
The new homes in Pettiver Crescent were built in partnership with developer Wilmott Dixon, Warwickshire County Council and Rugby Borough Council and received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of just over £1million.
A total of 41 of the apartments are available at affordable rent and 20 are for sale through shared ownership.
Siobhan Moore, our head of development, said: “We are pleased to mark the official completion of this new development which provides much-needed affordable homes for older people in Rugby.
“We’ve worked very closely with the developer and local authorities to bring the project to fruition and the result is a development of modern, high-quality homes which are in-keeping with the area.”
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “These extra care apartments offer accommodation which allows older people to maintain their independence, socialise with others and be part of a community with the comfort of having access to care facilities on site should they need them. The homes offer the great quality of life which everyone deserves in their later years.
“We’d welcome anyone who wants to find out about moving into Webb Ellis Court to contact us to find out more.”
Warwickshire County Councillor and Mayor of Rugby, Richard Dodd, said: “The scheme gives older people greater independence and control of their lives through purpose built, self-contained apartments, each with its own front door. It is a very real alternative to living in a residential care home.”
And Coun Leigh Hunt, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable inclusive communities, said: “Webb Ellis Court and the council’s own recent housing development in Pettiver Crescent demonstrate our commitment to deliver housing which meets the needs of our residents.
“I’m delighted the first residents have now moved into homes at Webb Ellis Court, a name which celebrates Rugby’s historic status as the birthplace of the game in the year the Rugby World Cup promises to bring thousands of visitors to the town.”
Extra care schemes help people to live independently in their own apartments, with access to a care service if, or when needed. The support could be personal care or help with domestic tasks such as shopping or cleaning.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Webb Ellis Court should contact Jennifer Wheeler on 0370 192 4697 firstname.lastname@example.org .