A new community of older people in Deal were joined by local college students to celebrate the official opening of their new homes.
Caesar Court, an £11.9m independent living with care scheme designed exclusively for people aged over 55, was opened on Friday 20 May by Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal, and Chris Crook, Chair of Orbit Homes.
To mark the occasion, customers at Caesar Court, developed by Orbit Homes and managed by Orbit Independent Living, gathered in the building’s impressive lobby to watch Charlie Elphicke MP and Chris Crook join two students from East Kent College to unveil a commemorative mosaic they had designed and created especially for the building.
‘Caesar Court’ was crowned as such following a competition held at the neighbouring school, Hornbeam Primary School, to name the development, and, as well as the commemorative mosaic, students at East Kent College have produced a great range of artwork that is now on display throughout the building.
Christine Jeffryes, programme director for art and photography at East Kent College said: “We were delighted to be involved in this project. The art work and mosaic work really well in the space and the residents have been extremely complimentary with their feedback.”
With 81 modern one and two bedroom apartments available through a mix of shared ownership (part buy, part rent) and affordable rent, and 24/7 on site care facilities, Caesar Court offers customers an affordable and active lifestyle in their later years. Each apartment has been designed with flexibility and adaptability in mind, with varying levels of care and support available to meet customers’ specific care needs.
Roger and Sylvia Arnold moved into their two bedroom apartment in Caesar Court in February, looking for somewhere to live where they could keep their independence but have access to support when needed. Sylvia said: “We love it here, the people are so kind and the staff have all been really good – our boys are always impressed when they come to visit.”
The development is also home to a fantastic range of communal facilities, including include private gardens, a guest suite, and an assisted spa bathroom. Further shared facilities open to the public as well as customers, such as the café, hair salon, and restaurant, really enhance the Caesar Court’s proud sense of community.
Chris Crook said: “Through Caesar Court, Orbit is creating an important change to affordable independent living with care housing in Deal. This development offers a real alternative to residential care schemes, and enables people to remain independent in their homes, whilst offering peace of mind to both them and their families that care is available when needed.
“Orbit believes in building communities, and after seeing so many customers enjoying their new home together, alongside the public, it’s clear a real community spirit is already alive at Caesar Court.”
Charlie Elphicke MP said: “It was an honour to be invited to open Caesar Court, which is a great addition to our community. It is important that there are the facilities in place to support people so that they can continue to live a full and active life as they get older. It was also great to see how Caesar Court has integrated into the local community. I was really impressed with the artwork students from East Kent College have created for the building.”
Delivered in partnership with Denne Construction, a Bouygues-UK company, and employer’s agent Airey Miller, Caesar Court received over £1.5m funding from the Homes and Communities Agency. After being shortlisted in the 2015 Bricks Awards, the development is a current finalist in the 2016 South East LABC Building Excellence Awards.
If you’re looking for an independent living home in Deal, it’s not too late to snap up a new apartment at Caesar Court – to find out more about shared ownership or to find your new home, please visit www.orbithomes.org.uk or contact Janice Chown, sales and marketing manager, on 01622 633969.