LOCAL councillors teamed up with residents to celebrate the completion of a £7 million Extra Care scheme for older people.
The open day was organized by Coleshill-based community regeneration specialist, Frank Haslam, Milan West Midlands (FHM), in partnership with Solihull Care Housing Association (SCHA), at Swallows Meadow, in Shirley, Solihull.
Councillors Tim Hodgson, Andrew Hodgson, and Gary Allport, were invited to join in the celebrations with SCHA staff and board members, together with partner organizations Accord, Solihull Care Trust, and Solihull Community Housing.
Visitors were also given a site tour, to see for themselves the range of facilities available to residents when they move into the scheme at the beginning of October. Light refreshments were provided by Avenance, the firm contracted to provide lunchtime meals to residents, as soon as the scheme is open.
Phoenix House is a 49 apartment Extra Care facility, built on the site of the former Swallows Meadow Nursing Home, and is owned by SCHA.
Swallows Meadow nursing home was demolished by FHM and the Phoenix House Extra Care scheme was built on behalf of SCHA in April last year.
The scheme contains a number of facilities including a residents’ lounge on each floor, activity rooms, a restaurant, library, hair salon, shop and internal lifts, all decorated to an exceptional standard.
Fraser Mercer, managing director for Coleshill-based Frank Haslam Milan West Midlands, said: “We are delighted to have completed our first Extra Care facility in the West Midlands.
“The scheme has been a great success and was completed ahead of schedule, with residents due to move in next month. We have enjoyed a fantastic working partnership with Solihull Care Housing Association which has enabled us to provide 21st century standard living accommodation for older people.”