Dudley's Lime Gardens extra care scheme welcomes first customers
Built at a total cost of £16.2m, Lime Gardens provides affordable, quality homes for over 55’s, comprising 120 homes to rent or buy, combined with extensive health and leisure facilities and 24-hour care and support for those who need it.
Already over half full, the modern facilities and quality of care are proving popular with local people keen to take full advantage of all that’s on offer. The range of on-site facilities available to residents include a convenience shop, hairdressers, gym, craft and hobbies room, bar/café restaurant and an events area. The landscaped gardens reflect the parkland environment that surrounds the scheme, which was named by local residents after a row of nearby lime trees, honouring war heroes of WW1.
The scheme has been developed by the region’s largest housing and care organisation Midland Heart, in partnership with Dudley Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and built by contractor William Davis Ltd.
Wynne North, mother of new resident Gill North (pictured) said: “This is a fantastic scheme and the perfect home for Gill and her individual needs; nothing is too much trouble for the team and I can rest safe in the knowledge that Gill is getting the best possible care.”
Ruth Cooke, CEO at Midland Heart said: “This is a truly magnificent scheme, providing outstanding quality care and support for older customers. We have a great staff team, great facilities and I’m confident our customers will be very happy here in a safe, secure environment.”
John Millar, Acting Strategic Director for Economy, Environment and Housing at Dudley Council, said: “This is the third extra care scheme that we’ve developed in partnership with Midland Heart and represents the future of housing for older people. It really is first class, both in terms of the physical build, quality of care and the fantastic range of facilities on offer.”
Matt Colloby, Group Business Development Manager for developers William Davis Limited said: “The Lime Gardens development is a classic example of collaborative working, the whole project team focussed on the ultimate goal of delivering this quality scheme, on time and within budget, everyone involved should be very proud of their achievements.”