Housing 21’s Poppy Meadows Extra Care scheme in Didcot, Oxfordshire, has recently opened a show apartment.
While potential residents wait for the scheme to open in November this year, they can now get a good idea of how life at Poppy Meadows will look and feel, with private tours of the new show apartment now available.
Poppy Meadows will consist of 80 one- and two-bedroom apartments for the over 55s, with an on-site care team providing support as required. Residents can expect fitted kitchens, level access showers, and specialist flooring to reduce slip hazards. Communal facilities will include an on-site café/bistro, hair salon, and landscaped gardens.
The project, construction of which is currently running ahead of schedule, is being delivered by leading provider of retirement living and extra care Housing 21, in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, Midlands-based developer Deeley Construction, and Vale of White Horse District Council, supported by the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.
Susan Wells, new homes sales manager at Housing 21, said: “We are delighted to open our new show apartment and we can’t wait to start welcoming the local community to view their potential future home. Poppy Meadows has been designed with residents in mind and will provide much-needed homes for the people of Didcot, enabling older people to live independently in a beautiful community setting.”
Councillor Tim Bearder, cabinet member for adult social care at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “Good quality housing with care is a vital component of the Oxfordshire health and wellbeing strategy, with the ultimate aim of enabling people to live and age well.
“Poppy Meadows will support people to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible, in their own self-contained flat, providing a safe, comfortable, happy environment in which they can live well within, and be a part of their community.”
Cllr Judy Roberts, cabinet member for development and infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council, commented: “We’re very pleased that Poppy Meadows has opened to help bring new affordable extra care homes to our district. The apartments and facilities are impressive and, being in a central location on Great Western Park, residents will be able to lead independent lives in the full knowledge they have extra support should they need it.”
Eleanor Deeley, joint managing director at Deeley Group, added: “We’ve made fantastic progress on the development in recent months and the opening of the show home is a major milestone.
“The Extra Care scheme is the latest in our ever-strengthening partnership with Housing 21. This partnership extends to the project and design teams which enable us to provide a high-quality facility to a strict programme.”