Innovative new supported living scheme in Wolverhampton breaks ground

February 25, 2015
Innovative new supported living scheme in Wolverhampton breaks ground

The Carlton Gardens partners. (L-R) Matthew Warnes, CEO of ATEL, Ros Creamer, new build project manager at Lifeways, Alastair Sheehan, development director at HB Villages, Cllr Michael Heap, Mayor of Wolverhampton, and Neil Jones, development coordinator at Inclusion Housing.

Work has officially started on Wolverhampton's first purpose-built supported living development designed for adults with learning and physical disabilities to live as independent a life as possible. The first sod of ground was cut on Tuesday (24th February) by Councillor Michael Heap, Mayor of Wolverhampton City Council, during the ground breaking ceremony for the project. Carlton Gardens, on Carlton Road, is a £1.35 million development consisting of 15 apartments which have been designed in partnership with Inclusion Housing CIC and Lifeways Community Care.

They are being delivered by specialist supported living developer HB Villages and the contractor is McGoff & Byrne. The new development will provide a safe environment for local adults with learning and physical disabilities allowing them to live independently and give them the freedom to manage their own home, budgets and lifestyle with support as and when required. Councillor Mike Heap, the Mayor of Wolverhampton, and the Mayoress were joined by all partners involved in the project to celebrate the work starting on this progressive scheme.

Jemima Taylor, Group Development Director of Lifeways, said:

“Lifeways is delighted to be part of such an exciting and innovative development.  From the overall building design to the design and layout of each individual home, Carlton Gardens is being developed to provide high quality and adapted accommodation to ensure tenants are able to live active and independent lives within their local community.  The facilities, opportunities and support on offer at Carlton Gardens will provide each tenant with the confidence and independence to choose how they live their lives.”

David de Silva, Chief Executive of Inclusion Housing, said:

Carlton Gardens is to be a fantastic example of what can be achieved through innovative partnership working between Statutory, Not for Profit and Private sectors.  Inclusion Housing is proud to be part of this scheme and the best bit, is yet to come; welcoming the tenants into their new homes. We look forward to working in partnership with Lifeways and Wolverhampton City Council in making this a valued resource for years to come.” 

Alastair Sheehan, Development Director of HB Villages, said:

“Carlton Gardens will promote personalisation for vulnerable adults in the Wolverhampton area. It will give tenants the choice to live where they want to, independently and in a safe environment. It’s fantastic to see the work starting on this development and I look forward to returning and meeting the people who will proudly call Carlton Gardens their home.”

John O’Brien, Site Manager, McGoff & Bryne, said:

“We’re delighted to be appointed to build this scheme for HB Villages in Wolverhampton and are pleased to welcome the Mayor to the site to officially break the ground for us and mark the start of construction.”

HB Villages was formed in May 2012 in order to deliver a pipeline of new build supported living accommodation throughout the UK. Working in partnership with Inclusion Housing CIC, care provider Lifeways and local commissioners, the trio has developed a unique model of supported living that demonstrates an innovative and commercial approach to supported living, which can be replicated nationally without the need for housing subsidy.

For further information on the Carlton Gardens development visit: www.choosemyhome.co.uk or telephone: 0333 202 7185.


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