This is the culmination of an enormous project, which is a true partnership between Saffron Housing, NorseCare, the Homes and Communities Agency, Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council. The Care Village has been constructed on a 2.3 hectare site and consists of 3 main buildings. These are: NorseCare’s Mayflower Court: an 80-bed specialist dementia care home and The Meadows, Saffron Housing Trust’s 92 apartment housing with care scheme. At the heart of the village is a central ‘hub’ with facilities including a restaurant, café, hairdressers, bar and community shop. Outside, there are extensive, landscaped gardens and fantastic views over the River Yare valley. All the apartments are commissioned for tenants by Norfolk County Council working in partnership with Saffron Housing Trust, Norwich City Council and NorseCare and is one of the largest affordable housing schemes in the country. Within the 80 roomed specialist dementia care home a number of the rooms will be available for private sale and NorseCare will support the care needs of Saffron’s tenants in The Meadows.
The whole village also makes best use of all the most up to date energy efficient building methods – in particular making good use of photovoltaic panels and being environmentally sensitive by protecting the Bunker’s Hill area next to the site, implementing an ecology mitigation plan to minimise the loss of any species of flora and fauna. The names of the housing with care scheme – The Meadows – and the specialist dementia care home – Mayflower Court – were chosen in recognition of the way the care village fits into the surrounding natural environment.
Karen Knight, Managing Director of NorseCare, said: “This is a stunning building and we’re delighted that residents and tenants will soon be able to move into their new homes. The project has gone incredibly smoothly for something of its size and complexity, but what the partners have been able to deliver is a huge testament to their hard work and collaboration. We are really looking forward to welcoming residents and tenants here in the coming weeks, where they will receive the highest standard of care.”
Catherine Guelbert, Chair of Saffron Housing Trust said: “Saffron has invested £8.5 million in the Bowthorpe Care Village which will create a community in Norwich for people who need care and support in a fantastic purpose designed building. The development of the Village reflects the strong partnerships that exist across Norfolk, our ability to work towards common goals and share responsibility for our communities. We look forward to welcoming new tenants to The Meadows, Saffron’s 92 flats, in the coming weeks. We wish everyone well in their new homes and hope that they enjoy the environment created by the gardens and the range of facilities within the Hub.”
Sue Whitaker, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Adult Social Care Committee, said: “The buildings and outside spaces at the new Bowthorpe Care Village have so many of the features that anyone would look for in a new home, including beautiful views, light and airy rooms and fantastic modern amenities. In addition there will be high-quality care and support from staff and specialist equipment and building design, all aimed at enhancing people’s quality of life. I’m sure the people moving in will be able to lead very happy and comfortable lives there.”
Andy Watt, Norwich City Council’s head of city development services, said: “It’s wonderful to see this exceptional facility ready to open and welcome its first residents. The success of the partnership means that we’re helping to address the care needs of older people while also kick-starting regeneration of the wider site to bring much-needed homes and jobs to Norwich.”
The Bowthorpe Care Village is part of the wider Three Score development site, with Norwich City Council planning to use the rest of the 32-hectare site to create 1,000 homes, community facilities and open space.
In planning the Care Village, NorseCare successfully bid for £4.2m of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Department of Health in July 2014. The funding has come from the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund from the Department of Health. The main aim of the fund is to support and accelerate the development of this specialised housing market. The fund is administered by the HCA as the government funding body for housing in England. Saffron Housing are landlords of the site and have invested £8.5 million in the scheme. The land at Three Score in Bowthorpe was donated free of charge by Norwich City Council