On Tuesday 8 October Councillor Janet Smith, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, joined Eywood House residents and staff from bpha, St Albans District Council and Hill, the building contractor responsible for a tour of the building.

Eywood House sits on the site of the former Betty Entwistle House, redundant sheltered housing accommodation owned by St Albans District Council.  The scheme is a true partnership between St Albans District Council and bpha, making better use of public owned land and attracting government grant funding, providing much needed housing and care for older people.

The retirement living scheme has been designed by PRP architects and incorporates many of the HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation) principles such as maximising daylight and ventilation, providing generous circulation spaces and the ability to readily adapt homes should needs change.

Each self-contained apartment benefits from either private outside space or a balcony and residents can enjoy the communal facilities offered, including a lounge and gardens. Homes are available to rent or buy through bpha’s affordable home ownership scheme where a 50% or 75% share in the property can be purchased.

Claire Bishop, bpha Assistant Director of Development, said: “bpha has been able to redevelop a redundant site in St Albans to help tackle the shortage of appropriate, high quality accommodation for older people. Eywood house will be a great asset to the community for many, many years to come.”

For more information about Eywood House please visit www.eywoodhouse.co.uk or call us on 0330 100 0272.