Oxford East Member of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Andrew Smith, will officially open the newly redeveloped Bradlands sheltered housing scheme for older residents at 12.30pm on Friday 11 December 2015.
The Oxford City Council-owned facility comprises 49 one and two bed flats built to a high quality, offering modern communal facilities, and designed to be energy efficient.
The redevelopment of Bradlands is part of the City Council’s Affordable Homes Project under which 113 new homes were delivered across five sites in Oxford this year. The Council invested £17m into the project, with the Homes and Communities Agency providing an additional £2.4m in grant funding.
Some of the key features of the new scheme include:
- Fitted kitchens and level access showers
- An assisted bathing room, lounge and kitchen
- An innovative atrium designed to allow natural light to filter through to the ground floor and reduce the need for lighting
- Solar panels, double glazing, sound insulation and biomass boiler, and
- CCTV on each floor with the door entry system designed to allow residents to see who is calling from a channel on their TVs
The original Bradlands had 17 studio and one bed flats built in the early 1960s. Five bungalows and eight flats were then added in 1977, bringing the total provision to 30 housing units.
To allow for the redevelopment works, residents were temporarily moved to several sheltered schemes across the city while many took the opportunity to move closer to family and friends. Six of the previous residents have now returned and taken up flats in the new development.
Councillor Mike Rowley, Board Member for Housing and Property Services, said: “I’m delighted that we have redeveloped Bradlands to a high quality and also increased the number of flats so we can provide comfortable homes for more people. This scheme reflects the Council’s ambition to continue to provide the people of Oxford with sustainable, affordable and top quality housing despite on-going pressures beyond our control.
I’m also particularly delighted to welcome back to Bradlands six of the previous residents who were temporarily moved away from the site to allow for redevelopment works to be carried out. I hope they will agree with me that their homecoming has been made more pleasant by the wonderful facilities to which they’ve now returned.”
Mikel Berrebi, Regional Managing Director for Bouygues UK, said: “We are very proud and happy to have been chosen to help Oxford City Council to deliver its entire programme of 113 new homes for residents here in the city and look forward to working with them to provide more homes in future.”
Stephanie Ainsworth, Senior Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency said: “It’s fantastic to see that HCA investment has produced a high quality scheme for older people in Oxford, helping to meet the housing need in the city. I hope new residents will be very happy in their new homes.”