Time capsule event for 2014 retirement village

By on 17/11/2011 in News

Potential residents of an innovative new retirement village in Harborne will get a first glimpse of its construction progress when a time capsule will be buried on site today (Thursday 17).
 
Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, local resident Christine Bokhari (69) and pupils from Lordswood Girls and Boys Schools will be amongst 100 guests providing capsule gifts which represent the area's history.
 
Opening in Spring 2014, the £40m Village will provide 240 affordable homes for purchase and rent for more than 350 Birmingham residents who are over the age of 55. 18 health and leisure facilities will form the Village's Centre and will be open to over 400 residents and the wider community. A team of 30 staff will provide hospitality services and help support residents with care needs, including those with dementia. 
 
Over 1,000 households have already registered their interest in the Village, the third of at least five City Villages planned as part of a £200m development programme between The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Council. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has also contributed £1m to the Village's development.
 
The first Village, New Oscott (with Midland Heart and the HCA), opened in 2010 and is already oversubscribed.  A second Village, Pannel Croft (also with HCA) in Newtown, is under construction for completion in 2013.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I’m delighted to be part of this event and proud that the vision of the Council, in partnership with ExtraCare, means there will be a third retirement village in Harborne.
 
“I am in no doubt that this village will transform the lives of older people giving them independence, a high standard of living, and the comfort of a new home with brand new facilities. Today’s event brings us one step closer to realising a new village for the community and new opportunities of employment for local people.”

ExtraCare Chief Executive, Nick Abbey, said: “Hagley Road construction works are ahead of schedule whilst demand for the Village remains strong and positive amongst local residents – we are set to invite applications later next year. We will also establish 'friends meetings' to enable Harborne's wider community to become fully involved with the Village before it opens.”

David Rhead, Area Manager for The HCA Midlands, said: “Hagley Road will be our third joint venture with the Extracare Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Council, demonstrating our investment into supported housing in the City as well as our ability to deliver as a partnership. ExtraCare has a strong track record of community engagement and so here, like New Oscott and Pannel Croft, we have an active and supportive local community.” 

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For more information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

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