News Landmark £9m Development Offers Independent Living Telfords Over 55s

Construction company McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd has opened the doors to its landmark multi-million pound “independent living” development for the over-55s in Telford.

On behalf of The Wrekin Housing Trust and Choices Housing Association, the civil engineering firm began work on the £9.4 million Oakwood scheme more than a year ago transforming the two-and-a-half acre site overlooking The Wrekin landmark and local cricket club into a 63-apartment development.

The land, which had been given by McPhillips to Wrekin Housing Trust to ensure the development was feasible and to provide jobs for the region, is the third development of its type for Shropshire’s fast growing older population.

Construction leaders have taken a tour of the fully let newly-built ShireLiving complex, which offers good-sized one and two-bedroomed apartments with fitted kitchens and individual oak front doors were constructed on three colour coded floors.

Great detail has gone into the design to create a development suitable for the county’s ageing population.

There are wider doors for wheelchairs, walls able to be knocked through for hoists and extra wheelchair access to wetrooms as and when needed and lift access large enough for an ambulance trolley. There is also a designated parking space for an ambulance.

Peter McPhillips, joint MD of Telford civil engineering firm McPhillips, said: “We are proud to again be involved in creating such a high quality development from its design to completion. Oakwood is a landmark building which people will enjoy for many years to come.”

McPhillips site manager Dave Franklin, who managed the day-to-day building project over the past 12 months from its detailed design to seeing the plans at each stage, said: “It’s great fun to build a building like this from concept to finished project. You are given drawings and you have to put them all together and at the end you can walk away thinking you have helped build something for society.

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“The building gradually comes to life. It’s no longer a building site but a building which has life brought into it.”

The Wrekin Housing Trust Area manager Karen Bate said: “Oakwood offers a real alternative to residential care and enables people to stay in their own home for as long as possible.”

It’s location with modern self contained apartments and facilities made it very popular for residents who want independence but with security and peace of mind from a 24 hour support team and a range of flexible care and support services, she added.

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