14 March 2016
A picture of MP visits flagship retirement complex

Worcester MP Robin Walker hopes that Sanctuary’s £22 million care and retirement development in St John’s can be the first of many such schemes for older people in the city.

Mr Walker dropped into the Bromyard Road complex last Saturday to chat with residents of Sanctuary Care’s Juniper House Residential Care Home as part of Dementia UK’s Time For A Cuppa event.

Two years ago, Mr Walker marked the beginning of construction at the site by planting a commemorative tree and was returning for the first time since its completion.

As well as the 60-bedroom care home, which includes dementia care, Sanctuary’s state-of-the-art scheme features 60 one and two-bedroom extra care apartments, both connected to a central hub incorporating a shop, restaurant and hair salon. Also on the site are 24 retirement living bungalows and apartments, plus supported accommodation for adults with learning disabilities.

Mr Walker said: “I visited this scheme when it was just a building site and it was exciting then to see the vision that Sanctuary had for developing a really substantial retirement complex as well as to meet some of the workers and apprentices involved in constructing it.

“On returning the transformation is truly extraordinary. High-quality buildings designed with the needs of their residents in mind and catering for a wide range of situations from fully independent to extra care and through to the care home.

“Much of it has the feel of a luxury hotel and it was a delight to tour the impressive facilities and smartly landscaped gardens.”

The development has also brought a boost to the local economy, as well as supporting a number of apprenticeships during the construction process.

Mr Walker added: “This scheme sustains well over a hundred jobs as well as supporting residents with a wide and varied range of support schemes.

“This is a remarkable flagship scheme from a social landlord that we should be proud to have headquartered in Worcester. I hope that we will see more developments of this scale and ambition in the future.”

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