22 May 2014
Following a £3.2m renovation, Trent & Dove Housing’s Elizabeth Court Sheltered Housing scheme in Winshill, Burton is now fully open and looking for new residents.
The scheme, comprising 47, one and two bedroom apartments has received a facelift both inside and out. Residents now enjoy enhanced communal facilities such as a sun lounge, gardens, activity room and hair salon, whilst their own apartments boast smart new kitchens and wetrooms with many apartments enjoying stunning countryside views due to Elizabeth Courts elevated position.
The scheme is fully accessible by wheelchair, has a lift to all floors and there is even a scooter store where residents with limited mobility can charge their machines overnight.
Residents also have the added security of an on-site scheme manager and access to firstcall 24/7, Trent & Dove’s 24 hour emergency response community alarm service.
Mr Barry Brassington has lived at Elizabeth Court throughout the renovation scheme. Speaking from his newly refurbished apartment he said:
“I am delighted with my new apartment at Elizabeth Court. I now have a wet-room and a larger living space within my own home. As a man with limited mobility, the renovation project has made it easier to complete the day-to-day tasks I often struggle with.
As part of the renovation project I will now have access to lots of new and exciting communal facilities, including a green house where I hope to grow my own tomatoes later this year. The Sun room is a lovely light and airy place to sit during the summer evenings.
There is an excellent community spirit here at Elizabeth Court. Everyone has their own privacy and can live an independent life, but knowing help is never far away certainly has its benefits. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
Renovation work at Elizabeth Court began in March 2013, almost 2 years after Trent & Dove acquired the sheltered scheme from Anchor Homes.
David Jones, Director of Housing at Trent and Dove explains:
“When Elizabeth Court become part of Trent & Dove, we made a pledge to residents that we would refurbish their homes and improve the fabric of the building, offering them enhanced communal facilities and more spacious living accommodation.
Even though it had a significant impact upon refurbishment costs, we were keen not to move residents out of Elizabeth Court altogether during the renovation process. We knew that for many, the upheaval would simply be too much so instead, we split the scheme down the middle and completed the work in two phases. I am immensely proud of the construction teams who worked so hard to minimize disruption to residents.
We thank all of our residents for the patience and understanding shown during construction but I’m sure they agree, Elizabeth Court is now a really superb place to live. We look forward to welcoming our newest residents in the very near future."