The final roof tiles have been laid on a multi million-pound retirement complex in Stoke-on-Trent.
Regeneration and energy expert Equans is building the £18.9 million facility in Chell Heath on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
The 113 one-and two-bedroom apartments are being built on the former Heathfield Special School site off Chell Heath Road.
Once complete, the complex – which will be called Chatterley Court - will offer independent living solutions for people aged over 55. It will boast communal areas, dining areas, gardens and additional support features including call alarm systems, walk-in showers, easy access bathrooms and the infrastructure for specialist equipment.
Representatives from Equans and members of Stoke-on-Trent City Council recently gathered to lay some of the final roof tiles and to take a look at how the building is taking shape.
Councillor Chris Robinson, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for Housing, said: “Equans is making fantastic progress on the Chatterley Court complex in Chell Heath. It is an impressive facility and I have no doubt that this will become an important asset in the city council’s housing stock in the future.
“As a new administration, our intention is to review the planning process to make it easier and more straight forward for developers to build new homes in the city and enable home-owners to make improvements to their properties.”
Councillor Sarah Hill, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for Adult Services, added: “This facility will be complete with specialist features to support residents who need it and, importantly, help them to live a safe, happy and fulfilled life.
“We have pledged to support older people and pensioners living in Stoke-on-Trent and facilities such as this one will enable us to do just that.”
Lee Stoneystreet, Regional Director at Equans, said: “It is a pleasure bring our regeneration expertise to this project and see the land transformed into a modern facility for the area.
“In partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, we look forward to completing these high-quality homes which will meet the varying needs of the older population.”
The scheme has also helped to boost employment locally with approximately 75 per cent of employees working on site living within 10 miles.
The facility, which will have electric vehicle (EV) charging points for residents and visitors, is expected to be complete by summer 2024.
Although the apartments will not be available to let until next year, Stoke-on-Trent City Council is now taking enquiries and is eager to hear from anyone wishing to express an interest in the scheme.
Please contact the Sheltered Housing Team on 01782 235675 or email Sheltered.HousingTeam@stoke.gov.uk.