13 March 2019

First residents move into newly-completed Wiltshire Independent Living scheme

A much-needed new affordable housing development for over 55s has officially opened, following the completion of the high-quality development by Mi-space.

The £11.2 million scheme in Archer’s Way, Amesbury, involved the design and construction of a 60-bed independent living facility featuring one and two-bedroom apartments as well as communal areas for residents to spend time together.

All the apartments are of a modern design, aimed at helping older people to live independently for longer.

Built by Mi-space, part of the Midas Group, on behalf of Wiltshire Council, the development was named Evergreen Court by children from the nearby Amesbury Archer Primary School and includes homes for affordable rent and some shared ownership homes for sale.

The extensive facilities and services provided on site include the opportunity for 24/7 emergency response provision, a restaurant, guest suite, hairdressing salon, accessible bathroom, activity space, residents lounge and gardens.

With the completion last year of a similar 47-unit extra care home in Devizes, Evergreen Court marks the continuation of a strong working relationship between Mi-space and Wiltshire Council.  Homes England provided £500,000 of the cost of the development.

Ian Farrell, Divisional Director of Mi-space, said: “The partnership between ourselves and Wiltshire Council reflects our vision to be leaders in customer service and performance, the best measure of which is repeat business.

“We are proud to be a trusted partner for the council and delighted to have been chosen to deliver a third important project for Wiltshire, the expansion of Wellington Academy, to cater for an additional 300 pupils - with work on site now well underway.”

Richard Clewer, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for housing said: ‘I’m pleased the residents are settling in well to their new homes and enjoying the facilities available in this complex. The apartments have been designed especially for older people who want to live independently as they grow older or as their needs change. 

“It is important we encourage and help our older residents to enjoy their independence in suitable housing which meets their needs now and for the future.”

Residents at the complex are pleased with their new homes. Sam and Pat Blakelsey said: “We love being here, we are very pleased with all the facilities, it’s a great idea to put this all together in one building, and it’s such a good design for older people.” 

Julie Pistell added: “I was sitting in one room all day, every day, now I can get out and go everywhere, it’s completely changed my life.”

Mr and Mrs Winterburn said: “We can’t fault it, it’s like a high class hotel.”

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