7th May, 2015
To find out more about the show apartments, please call 0300 303 2333!
Partners from The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Coventry City Council and The Homes and Communities Agency were joined today by prospective residents to open two show apartments at Earlsdon Park Retirement Village in Coventry.
Over 1,500 local older people have already registered their interest in Coventry’s first retirement village, which is due to open in 2016 and will have a range of facilities including a bar, bistro, games room, fitness suite and greenhouse.
The £44m retirement village is a partnership with Coventry City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, who contributed £1.456m.
The ten-storey Village will have 262 one and two bedroom apartments, each with their own kitchen, shower room, living room and hallway. Most homes will also have a balcony, and apartments will range from 55 to 95sqm.
52 apartments will be available for rent, 109 for shared ownership and 101 for outright purchase.
Living with ExtraCare should be affordable for anyone currently living in a rental property with only a minimum state pension, and prices for 40% shared ownership one bedroom properties start from £69,980, or around £41 per week for a rental home for someone in receipt of full benefit entitlements. The majority of rental homes will be reserved for people who are receiving personal care.
Sales applications for the Village opened in February, and rental applications are expected to open towards the end of the year. The opportunity to live at the Village is primarily open to people over the age of 55 who are living in Coventry.
There is no upper age limit for applying to the Village, and the Charity also welcomes applications from people needing a significant level of care. Dependent on individual circumstances, the Village will support residents with significant assessed care needs, including dementia.
A Village Well-being Service will provide advice on healthy living, with early diagnosis and GP referral linked to common conditions such as diabetes or abnormal blood pressure.
During its development, the Village is providing over 200 construction jobs. Around 30 Village staff will be recruited locally to provide care, hospitality, housekeeping and activity services.
ExtraCare’s Chief Executive, Nick Abbey, says: “As a Charity supporting older people in Coventry since 1988 we are thrilled to be building the City’s first retirement village. With over 18 health and leisure facilities that will be open to residents, families, volunteers and community groups, our village concept is inclusive, enabling older people to live independently as part of a ‘sociable hub’. We think this Village offers a vibrant new lifestyle to older people who are increasingly seeking a real alternative to more traditional retirement housing.”
Local resident Marie McCamley (71) is hoping to move to a shared ownership apartment in the Village. When she first heard about ExtraCare, she initially thought she could never afford to live there. However, after speaking to staff, Marie realised she was financially able to apply, and she has now accepted an offer of an apartment in the Village. She said: “I just feel that I’m going to grow younger!”
The show apartments will be open from 8th May 2015. Please contact 0300 303 2333 for more details.
-Notes to Editors-
About The ExtraCare Charitable Trust: The ExtraCare Charitable Trust enables older people to enjoy a healthier, active and more independent lifestyle in a network of inspirational communities. Founded in 1988, ExtraCare is a registered charity based in Coventry. It operates 3,831 homes within 14 retirement villages and 17 smaller housing developments across the Midlands and the North. Each Housing Scheme or Village has 5 to 18 social, health and leisure facilities that are accessible to over 4,400 residents and up to 5,000 older people living in surrounding communities. For more information, please visit: www.earlsdonparkvillage.co.uk
For further information, please contact
Lucy Henson, Communications Officer
0789 105 3062
Richard Tower, Communications Manager
0772 055 3658