Start on £25M Newtown retirement village

By on 15/12/2010 in News

HCA chief executive Pat Ritchie recently visited Birmingham to celebrate the start on site of Pannel Croft – the new £25m extra care village at Newtown.

Birmingham City Council and Extracare Charitable Trust, who are delivering the scheme for over 55s on Pannel Croft, have received £6.4m from the HCA and £2.3m from Urban Living to provide 180 affordable homes for older people in Birmingham.

Providing a mix of rent and shared ownership homes - the new village, which is only the second of its scale and type in Birmingham, will provide 24 hour care provision and a range of leisure facilities promoting independent living such as a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, worship room, IT suite, library, hair and beauty salon and coffee shop, all of which will also be available to the older persons within the local community.

Due for completion in November winter 2012/2013, Pannel Croft is part of the wider regeneration of Newtown which is being delivered through work between HCA and Birmingham City Council.

Following her visit to Pannel Croft, HCA chief executive Pat was also shown around nearby Crocodile Works, where Midland Heart and William Davis are transforming the former industrial premises into 153 new affordable homes with £6.7m from the HCA and £5.1m from Urban Living, as well as the low carbon work being led by the City Council on the Manton and Reynolds towers, also in Newtown.

Speaking on her visit, Pat Ritchie said: “Newtown is a great example of strong partnerships delivering regeneration in tough economic times.  Through joint investment by the HCA, City Council and Urban Living into a new school, council house building, low carbon infrastructure works and the success of the nearby Crocodile Works development - we have generated good momentum in the area and confidence in the market, enabling Extracare Charitable Trust to commit to delivering this important scheme for the local community.”

Councillor John Lines, cabinet member for housing at Birmingham City Council, said: “I am delighted to see Birmingham's vision for Newtown becoming a reality with our new council house build programme also commencing in Newtown.  All of these developments are the culmination of years of challenging work with our partners, stakeholders and local community and recognises Newtown's high priority within our joint Local Investment Plan.

“I want to thank the Government for its funding towards this scheme and for their faith and trust in Birmingham to get the job done.”

Nick Abbey, chief executive for the Extracare Charitable Trust said: “The Pannel Croft Village follows the success of our first scheme, New Oscott Village, which was developed with the HCA, the City Council and Midland Heart. Already New Oscott is thriving and over-subscribed, just six moths after opening.  With proven demand for affordable, high-quality accommodation, good care and new lifestyle choices, I believe the Pannel Croft Village will enrich the lives of local older people and make a vital contribution to the Newtown regeneration plan.”

Also during her visit to Birmingham, Pat visited The Snowhill - a former homeless hostel in the city centre where HCA, Midland Heart and Frank Haslam Milan are converting and extending the scheme to provide 88 new homes for vulnerable people in Birmingham.  Pat and guests also got to enjoy samples from Snowhill's social enterprise cupcake bakery – Frost and Snow, which employs and trains residents from the hostel and reinvests its profits back into the project.


Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher 0121 303 6969

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