A Bedford scheme for the over 55’s has won an award for Development of the Year.
St Bede’s, developed by Orbit Homes, is an extra care scheme for those aged 55 plus. The scheme was announced as the winner of the Chartered Institute of Housing Awards 2014 in the Development of the Year (East Midlands) category at an awards dinner in Birmingham last Thursday.
The scheme, which was completed earlier this year, is managed by Orbit Independent Living and as designed to help those aged 55’s plus remain independent as they move into later life. St Bede’s contains 104 one and two bedroom self-contained apartments as well as a host of communal facilities including a restaurant, cafe, hair salon, shop, garden room with terrace, games room and a library incorporating an IT suite.
Built on the Bromham Road site of the old St Bede’s school in Bedford, the scheme retains the façade of the school along with several other features of the original building.
Speaking of the award win, Lorraine Mansfield, Extra Care Development Manager at Orbit commented: “This award really does highlight the amount of work that went into making St Bede’s a shining example of extra care for the rest of the country. As the first scheme of its kind in the area, St Bede’s offers the local community a greater level of housing choice.”
Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Adults’ Services at Bedford Borough Council said: “We would like to congratulate Orbit for their award-winning development. Specially designed to help older people remain independent, the scheme is a true partnership of housing and care components working successfully together.”