A NEW development to provide independent living for the over-55s in Shirley has opened its doors.
Solihull Care Housing Association (SCHA) cut the ribbon with the support of a £4.4million financial package from Lloyds Bank.
Located within Shirley’s prestigious parkgate leisure, retail and residential complex, Trinity Apartments has been built with care and support needs – and has led to the creation of more than 20 new jobs.
The development comprises 33 one-bedroom apartments together with 18 two-bed dwellings.
The ‘extra care’ nature of the housing enables residents to continue living independently for as long as possible.
The complex also features a range of on-site facilities including a communal lounge and dining room, a laundry, assisted bathing and the added reassurance of 24-hour emergency response from a team of staff based on site.
It is the latest development to be opened by SCHA, which was formed in 1990 and provides housing accommodation and related services for people with a range of special needs.
Lloyd Bradshaw, general manager at SCHA, said: “This is a development that significantly enhances of the choice of accommodation for people with special needs in the Solihull area.
“We provide a quality option within Shirley’s prestigious parkgate complex and offer a real alternative to residential care and traditional sheltered housing for the local community.
“The support of Lloyds Bank has been vital in enabling us to realise our ambitious vision for the development, ensuring that we can provide the best and most comprehensive service to each of our residents.”
Mike Murphy, head of property at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking in Birmingham, said: “We have a dedicated team that works closely with social housing providers to understand their needs and the challenges they face.
“We’re committed to providing access to funding to support more projects such as this.
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