Multi-million pound retirement project completes

A £60m PFI retirement living scheme has been completed in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, according to developer Kajima.

The retirement villages offer 390 apartments at three sites including Maple West in Chell, Oak Priory in Abbey Hulton and Willow Barns in Blurton. Kajima is the main developer, investor and funder, working in partnership with Your Housing Group (YHG) and Eric Wright Group to form Sapphire Extra Care, who were selected by Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2014 to build and manage the three facilities.

Richard Barnett, Asset Manager of Kajima Partnerships, said:

“We have worked intensively with Your Housing Group and Eric Wright Group to ensure that each retirement living village is completed to the highest design standards and provides a wide range of facilities that cater to a diverse range of care needs, effectively creating ‘a home for life’ for each resident.”

Councillor Ann James, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for health and social care, said:

“The collaboration of all partners has been integral to the continued success of this project in ensuring that older people have access to high quality accommodation that is well adapted to their needs. The Maple West development has been significant in driving benefits for the whole community, fuelling the growth of the economy and channelling wider investment in the region.”

According to the developer, each site boasts a village concept driven by the need to create an environment that promotes healthy living and accessible care. The most recently completed development, Maple West in Chell, offers 140 spacious open plan apartments in a communal setting and enables the adoption of an independent lifestyle. Oak Priory and Willow Barns are already in use by residents and offer 175 and 75 apartments respectively.

Each of the retirement schemes have communal areas and on-site amenities including a village shop, restaurant, newsagent, hair and beauty salon and a launderette.

Local companies were used as much as possible in the construction phase, which created 95 jobs since the development began while eight apprentices have been recruited from across Stoke-on-Trent. Additionally, 65 per cent of materials used during construction were procured within a 25km radius of each site.