Fiona Gardens in Sale, Trafford, the innovative Extra Care facility for older and vulnerable adults named in honour of the late PC Fiona Bone, was officially opened by her father Paul Bone on Saturday October 4th exactly two years since his daughter’s funeral.
Constable Bone, who lived in Sale, was tragically killed in the line of duty in Manchester in September 2012.
The newly built 71 apartment residential centre, which has been developed by Trafford Housing Trust (THT) in partnership with Wates Living Space, also features a commemorative stone laid at the entrance to the building in honour of Fiona.
The £7.8m new build project has been created on the site of two former care and community centres. In their place now stands a stunning residential complex featuring one and two bedroom flats for both sale and rent.
In addition to the spacious, modern and part-furnished properties, Fiona Garden features extensive communal spaces, courtyards and landscaped gardens together with on-site services for residents, their visitors and the local community including a bistro restaurant, a hairdressers, private resident’s lounge, guest accommodation, an activity area, a ‘pamper’ bathroom and a multi-sensory room.
The Fiona Gardens scheme has been designed to provide older and more vulnerable residents with an outstanding quality of life linked to an emphasis on independent living. To help deliver this Trafford Housing Trust has partnered with Manchester-based charity IAS who specialise in providing person-centred care within a safe and respectful environment for the elderly and vulnerable.
It was this aspect of the project which resonated with PC Bone’s family when first approached about naming it memory of Fiona.
Her father Paul Bone said:
“Fiona carried out her Duke of Edinburgh Award service in a home for the elderly, and she continued to care for people by joining the police. She often said the most enjoyable part of her job was helping people and therefore this development is a fitting tribute to her memory.”
“We are deeply grateful to Trafford Housing Trust for inviting us to be involved in this wonderful project, which we have followed from the laying of the foundations to its completion, and we were honoured to be asked to have Fiona’s name associated with this facility.”
Edna Robinson, Chair of Trafford Housing Trust said: “Everyone at Trafford Housing Trust involved with this project has been deeply touched by the involvement of Fiona’s family and it was clear from Paul’s words at the official opening that his daughter would have been proud to be associated with this scheme.
“In addition all the residents and staff feel honoured that they live and work at a place named in memory of such a warm-hearted and caring individual. The opening ceremony was therefore a mixture of sadness and celebration in equal measure.”
Also present at the event was Andy Hobart, Managing Director of Wates Living Space. Wates has been the principal contractor and key partner since the project’s inception and has used the opportunity to bring extensive social and economic benefits to the local community as part of its ‘Reshaping Tomorrow’ CSR strategy.
These include utilising local labour for a majority of the building and fit-out work; employing and training over 25 young people on the Fiona Gardens site via both apprenticeships and Wates’ own Building Futures vocational programme; generating over £250,000 worth of added value through a range of local engagement activities and creating a lasting legacy for Trafford by way of community projects, charity work, local investment and a sustainable, best practice approach to construction.
Andy Hobart said:
“It has been a privilege and pleasure for Wates to be involved in the construction of this development and build an innovative extra care facility worthy of carrying Fiona’s name. We are also proud that our presence has resulted in long-lasting benefits for the people of Trafford through tangible training and employment opportunities.”