Landmark development for Grand Union
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Grand Union's flagship scheme in its £6m Project Abode
GUHG opens landmark development
Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) has formally opened the flagship development in its ambitious seven year long project to create new, modern homes for adults with severe learning disabilities.
The opening of the Grove Gardens scheme in High Wycombe, is the landmark final scheme of the Group’s £6.6m Project Abode.
Providing independent flats for 14 people, with its striking hillside design, Grove Gardens is the last of seven schemes commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council.
Aileen Evans, Managing Director of MacIntyre Housing Association, a GUHG subsidiary, said: “We are so proud to have been able to improve the lives of our extraordinary tenants by providing them with much needed accommodation.
“I am delighted we can finally hand over this last development as the project draws to a close.
“Project Abode has been all about partnership working. It has been complex but highly worthwhile. We know these new homes will make a huge difference to the lives of our tenants.”
Project Abode has been a seven year long project which has built or refurbished seven schemes across Buckinghamshire, providing modern homes for 49 people of all ages, in a mix of supported living and registered care services.
The schemes replaced outdated former NHS care homes which were no longer fit for purpose.
Roger Webb, whose son is moving into Grove Gardens, has been the families’ representative throughout the project.
“This means so much to us, the families of the tenants. The standard of accommodation we are seeing today is amazing. It has been a privilege to be involved at every stage as the project has grown from a tiny acorn to an oak tree.”
MacIntyre Housing Association, a GUHG subsidiary, will manage the tenancies, with Radian providing on site support for residents.
Trevor Boyd, Strategic Director of Adults and Family Wellbeing at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: "This marks the completion of our joint project to deliver excellent-quality accommodation in the county for those with learning disabilities, providing them with the opportunity to live as independently as possible.
"The Project Abode partnership is an example of organisations coming together to achieve life-enhancing outcomes for our service users beyond what could be achieved working separately."
Grove Gardens has been built by contractor Keepmoat Ltd.
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