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Parkgate Scheme Underway!

Building work is now underway on SCHA’s exciting new extra care housing scheme for the elderly at Parkgate, off Haslucks Green Road in Shirley.

The development comprises 33 x 1 bed flats for rent and 18 x 2 bed flats to be offered for sale on a shared ownership basis.  In addition, a range of communal facilities is being provided including lounge, dining room, laundry, hairdressing salon, activities room, assisted bathrooms and a rooftop conservatory.

All of the flats are fully self-contained with their own front door.  However, residents will benefit from the provision of care and support packages, along similar lines to those on offer at Phoenix House (see main page), to enable them to maintain independent living for so long as they are capable of so doing.

The multi-million £ development, which is due for completion in March 2015, has been designed by Nicol Thomas Ltd and is being built by award winning contractors Jessup Bros Ltd of Cannock.

Hunters have been appointed as the Association’s marketing agents for the shared ownership flats but will not launch the main marketing campaign until Summer 2014.

“We completed the purchase of the site from Shirley Advance in November 2013 and have secured the necessary funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and Lloyds Bank to enable the scheme to proceed” said SCHA General Manager Lloyd Bradshaw.  “We are delighted to have entered into a design and build contract with Jessup whom we have every confidence will produce a top-class building for us.

It is a superb location with a full range of facilities virtually on the doorstep.

We will be working closely with Solihull Council both during the development period and once the building has been completed so as to ensure the flats are allocated to those most in need.”

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This newsletter was designed with all of the residents and tenants of SCHA in mind and we hope that you find it an interesting read!

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Phoenix House Inspection Success

The Care and Quality Commission (CQC), which is the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, carried out an unannounced inspection of Phoenix House during the Summer of 2012.

Resulting from the inspection, CQC concluded Phoenix House was meeting all essential standards of quality and safety inspected.

During the course of their visit, CQC inspectors spoke to staff and also a number of residents who said they appreciated being able to maintain their independence whilst having the security of knowing someone was always available to help.

“The findings from this inspection were really positive and testimony to the high quality living environment and standards of service and support provided to residents of Phoenix House” said SCHA’s General Manager, Lloyd Bradshaw.  “Despite the positive outcomes, there is no room for complacency and we will continue working hard to maintain and improve upon the high standards already being achieved.”

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