State-of-the-art sheltered housing scheme launches
Published by Anonymous for Circle in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
A state-of-the-art sheltered housing scheme transforming the lives of Merton’s older people has officially launched.
Gresham House in West Barnes is the first of three formerly council-run schemes to be rebuilt from scratch by Merton Priory Homes, part of Circle Housing Group, within the last three years.
As part of a £3.5million redevelopment, the housing provider has created 18 spacious and energy-efficient homes designed to help its residents live independently and affordably. All have access to terraces or balconies as well as large communal areas.
Local councillor and Cabinet Member for Community and Culture Nick Draper marked Gresham House’s official launch on Thursday (19th September) by meeting with people living at the scheme. He said: “I am really cheered by the quality and inherent dignity of Gresham House's new accommodation. I'm really looking forward to seeing the two other Merton Priory Homes’s schemes currently being built.
“They will present a real challenge to the sheltered market, both social and private, to provide even more excellence for our residents here in Merton.”
Residents had previously shared bathrooms and toilets before Merton Priory Homes began work to make sure their new homes would meet modern housing standards and suit their needs.
Maria Passarella moved into Gresham House earlier this year. She said “I love living here. I had to move when the relative I was caring for passed away and her house was put up for sale but I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been.
“They way they’ve designed it is so beautiful so moving to Gresham House was almost like coming to a hotel at first.”
Merton Priory Homes is now due to complete redevelopment work at two more schemes in the borough. Residents will move into Doliffe Close in Mitcham andOaks Courtin Eastway early next year.