Baroness Grey-Thompson has officially opened the doors of our new £3m supported living development for vulnerable adults in the North East region.
Bluebell Court, a £3m development of sixteen new apartments on Cooperative Terrace in Shiremoor, enables people with physical and learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes.
The scheme was developed by HBV, the award-winning national specialist supported housing developer and our joint venture partner Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL).
Tenants were also joined by Councillor Tommy Mulvenna (Chair of North Tyneside Council), Scott Woodhouse (Strategic Commissioning Manager at North Tyneside Council), local ward councillors and families at a special event to mark the official launch.
Baroness Grey-Thompson won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002. Now sitting as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, she said:
“I am delighted to welcome tenants and their families drawn from our local community to this new development. I strongly believe that vulnerable people should be given the opportunity to live more independently from their parents or in sheltered accommodation where possible.
“This is a remarkable new addition to our local community and Bluebell Court has a real community feel to it. It is rewarding to see the fruits of a positive partnership between the public and private sector at close hand and I wish all the new tenants every bit of happiness they deserve in their new home. It's beautiful."
Alastair Sheehan, director of HBV, added:
“We are delighted to be responsible for delivering this development, from which vulnerable adults and their families from North Tyneside can benefit. We are grateful for the support not only from Baroness Grey-Thompson but of all the officers who commission adult social care services and local politicians who have been so positively influential in delivering this scheme.”
Other delivery partners on the scheme include national care provider Lifeways, registered provider Inclusion Housing and architects Calderpeel.