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First glimpse of multi-million pound retirement apartments

Work on a multi-million pound development of rented apartments for the over 55s has been completed and was marked with a special festive preview event this week.

The Coppice exterior

The Coppice, in Bicton, Shrewsbury, is the eighth ShireLiving scheme to be developed by The Wrekin Housing Trust in partnership with Choices and will see its first residents move in in January. 85 apartments will offer independent living to older people and consist of an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, fully accessible bathroom and one or two bedrooms.

Apartment at The Coppice

The scheme, which cost £11.8 m to build was part funded by a £2.6m HCA grant and built by Cheshire based construction firm Cruden.

The event was attended by invited guests including local councillors and key partners who had worked on the project. It was later opened up to the public to give local people their first glimpse inside. Tours of the development took in the landscaped gardens, residents lounge area and games room which new residents will enjoy and hair salon, shop and restaurant that will open to the public.

Inside The Coppice

Vanessa Turner, Manager of The Coppice, said; “It has been fantastic to finally show off everything that we have. The building has come alive today. One of the key benefits to people moving here is our 24 hour onsite team of friendly and supportive staff which will be on hand to offer a range of flexible care and support services, tailoring them to individual needs. We will also be organising social and leisure activities such as film evenings and canal trips.”

Matt Beckley, Project Manager for The Wrekin Housing Trust said; “It’s fantastic to see the completion of these much needed apartments. By 2030 there will be over 100,000 people in Shropshire over the age of 65 and we will also see a rise of 86% in people aged over 85. The Coppice is an example of our continued commitment to invest and build quality homes which will make our lives easier to manage as we get older.”

To find out more about The Coppice, please visit the ShireLiving website.

21st December 2017