West Bromwich extra care scheme officially opened
A ceremony has marked the official opening of an £8.8million affordable housing scheme for older people in West Bromwich.
Residents and staff at Oakley Gardens, a new extra care scheme in the town, were joined by the organisation’s chairman Lord Stoneham and representatives from Sandwell Council and contractor Thomas Vale on Monday February 15for the scheme’s official opening.
The scheme, in Dial Lane, is comprised of 81 self-contained and modern one and two-bedroom apartments available for affordable rent, with support and care services on site.
The development was built by Thomas Vale, which is part of Bouygues UK, on behalf of Housing & Care 21 in partnership with Sandwell Council and received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £1.4m.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We’re delighted to officially open this extra care development in West Bromwich. Extra care apartments allow older people to maintain their independence, socialise with others and be part of a community as well as have access to flexible care facilities on site should they need them.”
Sandwell Council leader, Councillor Darren Cooper, said: “This is the third development by Housing & Care 21 in the borough, providing good quality and affordable apartments. We welcome this investment in Sandwell as well as the support and care services provided at Oakley Gardens for the well-being of residents.”
Managing Director of Thomas Vale, Craig Tatton, said: “We’re happy to have worked with Housing & Care 21 and Sandwell Council to deliver this modern new development that will provide homes and care services for older people in West Bromwich. Accommodation, like Oakley Gardens, that’s suitable for the needs of today’s older generation - people that live longer and want and need to feel part of a community but still have their care needs met - is sorely lacking in the area and we need to be building more homes and developments like this.”
Oakley Gardens offers communal facilities including a hair salon, residents’ lounge and laundry room, as well as landscaped gardens.
It has been designed to meet the needs of all older people with each flat designed to full mobility standard. All flats have level access showers and access from the bedroom directly to the bathroom.
For more information or to apply to live at Oakley Gardens email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the court manager on 0370 192 4250.
Pictured: Left to right, Nadine McCann (Manager, Oakley Gardens), David Carpenter, Marjorie Carpenter, Cllr Julie Webb (Deputy Mayor of Sandwell Council) and Bruce Moore (Housing and Care 21 Chief Executive Officer).