Prestigious Independent Living Scheme a Step Closer to Completion

Beechwood Grove

READING Council and A2Dominion’s new independent living scheme in Caversham is a step closer to finishing this month, with the roofing and building structure completed.

The scheme of 43 apartments will provide independent living for over 55s, with communal amenities and grounds, and the option to receive bespoke care and support packages.

The external work is being finalised on the homes at 1 Albert Road, Caversham, offering residents a combination of as much independence as possible but with care and support on site as needed, as an alternative option to a care home placement.

In total, 16 of the 43 apartments will be for social rent and the remaining 27 apartments available for sale as leaseholds. The scheme is due to complete in late 2018.  The new social rented homes are part of the Council’s new council homes building programme.

Beechwood Grove, as it will be known, is being constructed in partnership with residential property group A2Dominion and contractors Feltham Construction, on the site of the former Arthur Clark Residential Home and Albert Road Day Care Centre in Caversham.

Demolition work began in February 2017 and work on the building has progressed well.

Residents of Beechwood Grove will have the opportunity to become part of a real community. There are several communal spaces, all thoughtfully designed to allow for a wide range of activities and occasions for residents and the community.  Staff would be on hand to help residents set up clubs and activities including:

·         Access to a bistro style restaurant;

·         Hair salon and therapy room;

·         Bridge;

·         Yoga  and pilates;

·         Painting;

·         Coffee mornings;

·         Wellbeing services;

·         Music workshops.

Outside in the landscaped grounds, there will be an option of activities including short lawn bowls, feeding the chickens, pottering in the greenhouse, tending to the vegetable patch and exploring a woodland trail.

Reading’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Tony Jones, said: “I am really looking forward to visiting Beechwood Grove once it is finished. It will offer people the best of both worlds – living in the local community, with help and support on site and at the touch of a button, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week, as an alternative option to a care home placement.

“The way we grow older is changing. Every survey tells us people want to continue to live independently for as long as possible. When open, Beechwood Grove will offer purpose-built individual homes for older people who want to continue to live fulfilling and active lives but with increased support and care on hand when they need it.”

Reading’s Lead Member for Housing, Cllr John Ennis, said: “I’m pleased to hear Beechwood Grove is progressing and will complete by the end of the year. As a Council, we were determined to ensure that day activities on offer here would be made available for all older people living in the local community in Caversham, not just extra care residents at Beechwood Grove.

“I am also delighted that the Council has secured 16 of the 43 homes for social rent. There is a desperate shortage of properly affordable rental homes in Reading as everyone knows.

“Every one of those 16 homes will make a big difference to the people that occupy them.”

Pam Vasir, A2Dominion’s Director of Supported Housing, said: “We are excited that work to transform this site on Albert Road is nearing completion to create this new high-quality mixed-tenure scheme for Reading.

“A2Dominion’s specialist Care & Support team has a strong track record of working successfully with local authorities to deliver excellent services to meet the needs of older people and we look forward to the opening of Beechwood Grove.”

Notes to Editors:

Photo: Photos are available of Cllr Tony Jones and Cllr John Ennis on site to view progress on the Beechwood Grove extra care scheme here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmmTnciN

About A2Dominion

A2Dominion is a residential property group with almost 37,000 homes across London and southern England, and thousands more in the development pipeline.

The Group provides affordable, private and social rented homes, student, NHS and temporary accommodation, as well as supported housing and homes for older people.

It also offers high-quality sustainable homes for sale and shared ownership, available through its FABRICA by A2Dominion brand.

Whilst the Group takes a commercial approach to house building, all of its profits are used for a social purpose, with millions of pounds reinvested into delivering more new homes and better services for customers.

A2Dominion is part of the g15, a group of the largest housing providers in London.

Visit www.a2dominiongroup.co.uk and www.a2dominion.co.uk

Victoria Nickless

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