Residents welcomed to new Birmingham home

By on 20/05/2011 in News

A new £11 million housing scheme for older people in Birmingham has officially welcomed its first residents.  Saxon Court is the second of two new extra care schemes being built for older people through a partnership between Birmingham City Council and Housing 21.

This week the first two residents who moved into the Court were given the keys to their new homes at a key hand-over ceremony presented by Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing at Birmingham City Council. 

Vera Moore and Edith Hunter were the first residents to move into Saxon Court. Commenting on her new home Vera Moore said: “It took me a couple of weeks to settle in, but I was given a lot of support from the staff and court manager.  Since moving in I have gained more independence and I am able to do more things for myself.”

Edith Hunter added: “It's a lovely place to live.  I feel cared for living here and it's secure.  It also has a really homely atmosphere, which makes a big difference.”

Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr John Lines, said: “I'm delighted to see how the building looks, it's a quality build and is a result of a lot of hard work.  It was good to meet the residents and see how happy and settled they are, and to know that they're receiving quality care.

“Saxon Court is testimony to successful partnership working, creating greater housing choice for our older people.  It's an opportunity for older people to live independently in a safe and friendly environment.”

Saxon Court provides 87 apartments and eight bungalows, all with two bedrooms and includes options for rent and for purchase either outright or on a shared ownership basis. The new development supports older people with a range of needs via a 24-hour care and support team.  It also provides community facilities including a hairdressing salon and restaurant. 

The scheme was built in partnership with Birmingham City Council, who provided the land at no cost to facilitate the development, and the Homes and Communities Agency in the West Midlands who provided £5.1 million of investment.

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For more information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

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