Earlsdon Park Village is due to open in 2016. Applications to rent or purchase an apartment at the Village will open next year, and already over 1,000 households have registered an interest.
The Village will provide homes for more than 300 people over the age of 55. Anyone over the age of 55 living in Coventry City will be able to apply for either a rental or purchase home within the Village; ExtraCare will seek to ensure that Village homes and care services are affordable for all, irrespective of financial means or frailty.
Guide prices were released last month, with a one bedroom shared ownership apartment starting at £87,500.
The 262 apartment retirement village will be located on the site of the former Butts Technical College, occupying three acres of a newly-created re-development area. The site also includes a refurbished theatre, proposed restaurant, Premier Inn, food store and café.
ExtraCare’s Chief Executive, Nick Abbey, said: “It’s clear that local older people are excited about this Village as construction continues to push forward, on schedule, for opening in summer 2016.
“We want people to remain active, contributing parts of their community for many years to come.
“Only 2.8 per cent of housing is being developed with older people in mind. Fewer than half a per cent of older people live somewhere like this. If we really want to create somewhere people will feel happy at the prospect of moving, it’s this sort of accommodation that does that.”
The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Hazel Noonan, said: “Earlsdon Park Village is going to be such a major part of Coventry in the future. It’s at the forefront of what people want in older age.”
Cllr Ann Lucas, the Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “We’re now less than two years away from being able to help welcome people to the Village when it opens. People will be able to lead an independent lifestyle, knowing that there’s support available if and when they need it. Coventry’s people deserve the very best and we can provide this for them here.”
Among the prospective residents attending was Pat Madden (66). She used to work at one of ExtraCare’s smaller housing schemes in Coventry, Princethorpe Court in Binley, and now lives close to Earlsdon.
She said: “I worked there for five years as a carer, and I think it’s great. I know a lot about ExtraCare because of that, but obviously it’s changed a lot since then.
“I really like that there’s so much emphasis on voluntary work and keeping active. It’s just bang on. I think it’s the perfect time to think about it now, while I can enjoy myself.”
ExtraCare’s unrivalled mix of social facilities will be at the heart of the Village, including:
A sociable Village centre
Reception and main street
Bistro and bar
Library and IT suite
Café bar and lounge
Well-being suite and well-being bathroom
Hairdressing and beauty salon
Enriched Opportunities Suite (to support people who develop dementia)
Fully accessible toilet facilities
Laundry and launderette
Greenhouse and Village gardens
The facilities are at the heart of a state-of-the-art, sustainable community that could benefit over 300 older people, encouraging social and active participation amongst all age groups within the local neighbourhood. Residents, visitors and volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of hobbies, including choir singing, Tai Chi, writing, drama and wheelchair aerobics, all designed to support independence and improved social opportunities.
ExtraCare staff will provide care for up to a third of residents within their own home. This will include a well-being service and support for those with dementia.