Official opening ceremony for £10million Bedworth extra care scheme and bungalows

Residents have celebrated the official opening of an affordable extra care housing scheme and bungalows for older people in Bedworth.

Residents and staff at Oakwood Gardens and the bungalows nearby, which are owned and managed by Housing & Care 21, were joined by representatives from the local authorities and developer as they celebrated the official opening.

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The extra care scheme, on Margaret Avenue, is comprised of 74 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments with support and care services on site and communal facilities including a restaurant, salon and wellbeing suite.

In nearby Mayfield Close there are 11 new bungalows and the care services available at Oakwood Gardens can be extended to the residents living in those homes where needed.

The development was built by Willmott Dixon on behalf of Housing & Care 21 at a cost of £10m in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. It received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £1.5m.

Kris Peach, director of extra care at Housing & Care 21, said: “We’re delighted to officially open this extra care development and bungalows in Bedworth. Extra care apartments allow older people to maintain their independence, socialise with others and be part of a community as well as have access to flexible care facilities on site should they need them.

“Oakwood Gardens brings a mix of accommodation for elderly people to the area and continues the excellent partnership we have with Warwickshire County Council to much-needed affordable housing.”

Cllr Jose Compton, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for adult social care, said:  “Warwickshire County Council is committed to working with its Borough Council colleagues to provide the highest level of housing with care for its vulnerable citizens, and the accommodation here is a wonderful asset for older people aged 55 and over with varying levels of care needs.”

Simon Leadbeater, managing director for Willmott Dixon’s residential business in the Midlands, said: “This is a fine quality scheme that we are very proud to have constructed. It will be create a fantastic community for those in retirement to live and we should credit Housing & Care 21 for developing such a high quality homes within Bedworth.”

Oakwood Gardens and Mayfield Close have been designed to meet the needs of all older people with each flat designed to full mobility standard. All homes have level access showers and access from the bedroom directly to the bathroom.

The extra care scheme is the fourth to have been launched by Housing & Care 21 in partnership with Warwickshire County Council. A fifth site, Laurel Gardens, in Mancetter, is set to open in the summer.

For more information or to apply to live at Oakwood Gardens email or contact the court manager on 0370 192 4250.