New retirement housing project

By on 03/11/2011 in News

Residents at Saxon Court in Northfield have been presented with a plaque to commemorate the official opening of a development for older people by Birmingham City Council and its partners.

Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing at Birmingham City Council, representatives of Housing 21, the Homes and Communities Agency and Willmott Dixon all attended the opening of the Court, which boasts 87 apartments and eight bungalows, each providing two bedrooms.

Resident, Ruth Edwards, received the plaque on behalf of those living at Saxon Court.  Ruth said:  “I'm so happy and settled here.  It's so good to feel that I belong and that I can relax and not have to worry about anything.  Everyone is happy and there's great harmony here.”

Saxon Court was built in partnership with the City Council, who donated the land to facilitate the development, and the Homes and Communities Agency in the West Midlands who provided £5.1 million of investment.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I'm delighted that I am, once again, in the position to be able to announce good news about creating new homes for older people.

“The properties we build serve people across the board, with some developments specifically for older people who have contributed to society for many years and therefore deserve to live comfortably in later life.

“This is one of several projects we have carried out with Housing 21 and the Homes and Communities Agency.  We have a strong successful partnership which works well and has reaped housing rewards for the residents of Birmingham.”

The development provides older people with a range of needs through the provision of a 24 hour on-site care and support team.  The scheme also provides communal facilities including a hairdressing salon and restaurant which are accessible to others outside the retirement village.

David O'Neill, head of strategy delivery for Housing 21 said: “Saxon Court is a delightful scheme that combines high quality accommodation along with care and support in a bustling communal setting. Extra care is transforming the lives of older people who want to remain independent.”

David Rhead, area manager for the HCA Midlands said: “We are pleased to have supported Birmingham City Council and Housing 21 to deliver this fantastic scheme, offering the elderly community access to independent living through high quality affordable homes.” 

Residents of Saxon Court have the option to rent or to purchase their apartments either outright or on a shared ownership basis.

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