Model of retirement village on show

By on 05/07/2011 in News

Birmingham's Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Lines, has unveiled an artist's model of the City's Hagley Road Retirement Village, announcing that village construction will begin this October. The Village model is on show now at Birmingham Central Library, and can be viewed until July 15 2011. 

The announcement came as construction and house building group Galliford Try was awarded a £29m contract by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, to start work on the 240-home village in October. The Village will open to first residents in early 2014.

Councillor John Lines, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said:  “I am delighted that we will be starting on site with our third retirement village for Birmingham residents this October. In addition to providing excellent quality accommodation with care support, social and leisure facilities for people over 55, our successful partnership with ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Galliford Try will provide much needed jobs and apprenticeships for local people.”

The model, which represents village plans approved earlier this year,  demonstrates how care has been taken to preserve local architectural style along Hagley Road, with a traditional street facade that replaces a number of derelict buildings.  The model also features a circular village centre, a community-based health and leisure facility that will be open to over 300 village residents and local older people.

In total, 30% of the seven-acre site will be developed leaving the remaining land as green space with the majority of trees retained.

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