Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, was the special guest at Kent-based housing association mhs homes’ official opening of Great Paul House, a new sheltered scheme based in Hoo, Kent.
The formal opening of the scheme was also attended by representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency, Medway Council, national developer Taylor Wimpey and Employers Agent Calford Seaden as well as residents, representatives from Medway Older Persons Partnership and staff and board members from mhs homes.
Mr Reckless cut the ribbon in front of the crowd and officially declared the sheltered scheme open. He said, “It’s a real pleasure to open this impressive scheme. mhs homes has managed the process in partnership with developers and contractors very well. This is a great development situated in the middle of properties that house a real mix of people, from the young to families and older residents. I hope everyone who lives here is very happy.”
The Sheltered Scheme which is a development of 26, one bedroom quality flats, derives its name from “The Great Paul Bell” which hangs at St Paul’s Cathedral in London and holds the title for the largest bell in the country.
Caroline Proverbs (pictured with Mark), mhs homes operations director said, “We were very pleased that Mark Reckless MP was able to open the scheme and help us officially open the final phase of sixty three new build properties which we have been working on with Taylor Wimpey for over a year and a half. Each flat within the scheme has been designed internally to provide spacious living. There is a sizeable lounge and kitchen area as well as generously sized bedrooms and luxury fitted bathrooms.”
Angela Pething a resident of Great Paul House, is very pleased with her new flat, she said, “The flat is lovely and a perfect size, plus I’ve got fantastic views overlooking the River Medway. I’ve always lived in Medway and my family live close by so this scheme is ideal.”
The Homes and Communities Agency helped to fund the development scheme and gave mhs homes just under £4.4million for the 63 units which all meet the Eco Homes Very Good standard. Akin Durowoju, head of area at the HCA, said: “These new residents can look forward to a high quality, affordable and comfortable new home at Great Paul House. I’m certain this development will be an asset for the community, providing opportunities for people to stay close to their families and friends as their support needs change.”
John Eleckington another new resident said, “My wife and I came and looked round before we put down a bid for the flat. I’m an ex-builder and was very impressed with the scheme. We will be moving in shortly and looking forward to living here, especially with the views we will have every morning.”
Thirty seven of the homes – (eight 2 bedroom flats, seventeen x 2 bedroom houses, five 3 bedroom houses and seven 4 bedroom houses.) a mix of flats and houses were handed over to the mhs homes housing team throughout January to March 2010 and are all fully occupied. All of the new homes have been let to general needs residents.
Managing director of Taylor Wimpey South East, Phil Chapman said, “Taylor Wimpey South East are proud to be involved in helping deliver such an important community scheme as Great Paul House and our close working relationship with mhs homes group has helped to ensure the scheme was delivered on time and to an excellent standard.”
For more information please contact Kate Stevens at mhs homes on 01634 354226, or contact Tim Abbott at the HCA on 0118 902 8441, or email firstname.lastname@example.org