Orbit Homes’ 178-apartment Queensway Court extra care scheme has reached completion.
Age UK patron, Liz Kershaw, visited the Leamington over 55’s scheme last week for the burial of a time capsule to mark the occasion. Pupils from St Patrick’s Primary School were also on hand to help celebrate the milestone. The capsule contains a number of artefacts to demonstrate current culture and popular interests in 2015, as well as designs of the building, aerial photos of the previous use of the land and a painting from St Patricks Primary School.
The scheme itself has been developed by Orbit Homes in partnership with Deeley Group. Queensway Court’s 178 one and two-bed apartments, which are available through rent and shared ownership, are designed to help customers live more independently into later life through the combined application of specialised design features and assisted technology. The scheme, which promotes affordable and active retirement living, also hopes to become somewhat of a community hub, with a number of facilities open to the public including a restaurant, coffee shop, hairdressers and a meeting room..
Commenting on the scheme, Liz Kershaw said; “Queensway reminds me of a five star hotel. It’s absolutely beautiful. Finding good quality, affordable accommodation in Leamington Spa is very difficult and the luxury, security and sense of community offered at Queensway is a real find! ”
Elizabeth Phillips, Chief Executive at Age UK Warwickshire, said; “This is the best scheme I have ever seen for older people in my long association with housing. The level of design, comfort and sheer luxury is astounding. I truly recommend Queensway for people considering downsizing who don’t want the worry of maintenance and keeping warm and comfortable, but who would like to have support as the need arises.”
Orbit’s Extra Care Development Manager, Lorraine Mansfield, added; “Queensway Court is the largest extra care scheme Orbit has ever delivered.
“A lot of time, vision and careful planning has gone into this two year project to make sure that this scheme really does make a difference to customers’ lives by enabling them to maintain their independence for as long as possible.
“We’re hoping that the scheme will become a community hub. Traditional care homes offer a different model to extra care where their communal facilities are only available to their residents – here, we want to achieve the opposite. We want the scheme to be a focal point of the local community, with a number of facilities which are open for public use.”
Queensway Court’s first customers are due to being moving in next week, with Orbit Independent Living taking on the on-going management of the scheme.