A new community of older people in Leamington Spa is celebrating after they marked the official opening of their new homes.
Queensway Court, an independent living with care scheme for people aged over 55, was opened on Thursday 1 October by the Chairman of Warwick District Council, Cllr Michael Doody, and Chair of Orbit Group Baroness Tessa Blackstone.
Residents of Queensway Court, developed by Orbit Homes and managed by Orbit Independent Living, gathered in its landscaped gardens to watch Cllr Doody and Baroness Blackstone officially open the scheme.
To mark the opening, a commemorative sundial, engraved with a quote from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream was unveiled. To reflect the inclusiveness of Queensway Court’s motto ‘making everyone welcome’, the quote says: “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged cupid painted blind”.
In the photo (left to right) is: Baroness Tess Blackstone, Orbit Group Chair; David Davies, Queensway customer; Cllr Michael Doody, Chairman of Warwick District Council; and June Mary Davies, Queensway Court customer and wife to David.
Baroness Tessa Blackstone said: “Queensway Court offers people a real alternative to residential care schemes; providing an important contribution to the development of independent living across Leamington Spa and the Warwick district.
“It is delightful to see so many residents celebrating the opening together. Orbit believes in building communities, and a true feeling of community spirit is already here at Queensway Court.”
Chairman of Warwick District Council, Cllr Michael Doody, added: “People underestimate the importance of housing. Queensway Court is a prime example of how we are providing quality housing to those who need it, and it is meeting the needs of an ageing population which wants to remain active within in a community.”
Formerly derelict land on an industrial site, Orbit has regenerated the area at Queensway Court into 178 one and two bedroom apartments and penthouses. Offering a mix of shared ownership and rented homes, Queensway Court provides improved aspirational living for customers no matter what their age.
Designed by the award-winning PRP Architects and built in partnership with Deeley Construction, Queensway Court has recently been shortlisted for Development of the Year in the Chartered Institute of Housing Midlands Awards.