Retirement village opens in Stoke-on-Trent
A 140-apartment retirement village has opened its doors to residents in Stoke-on-Trent.
The £21.6m Maple West development in Chell is the third to be completed in a £60m project to deliver 390 extracare apartments across three sites in Stoke-on-Trent, the biggest scheme of its kind in the city. The other two facilities are Willow Barns in Blurton and Oak Priory in Abbey Hulton.
The three retirement villages have been developed by Sapphire Extra Care Ltd, a partnership between Your Housing Group, Eric Wright Group and Kajima Partnership Ltd. Maple West has been built by Seddon Construction Ltd. The apartments will be managed by the consortium on behalf of the city council.
A key requirement of the project was that local companies were used as much as possible in the construction phase. This commitment resulted in the creation of 95 jobs from when the development began and a total of eight apprentices have been recruited from across Stoke-on-Trent. Additionally, 65% of materials used during construction was procured within a 25km radius of each site.
The three-village project, administered by the city council and sponsored by the Homes and Communities Agency, aims to meet a clear housing need mainly for people aged over 55.
Apartments will also be available for people under this age who meet specific criteria. Maple West features open plan apartments in a communal setting, designed for an independent lifestyle.
Oak Priory and Willow Barns offer 175 and 75 apartments respectively. Each scheme has communal areas and on-site amenities including a village shop, restaurant, newsagent, hair and beauty salon and a launderette.