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Posted 05 May 2021

Future residents have been flocking to see a development of new affordable homes being built for older people near Bristol.

The show home recently opened for viewings at Edward Jenner Court, an Extra Care development for people aged over 55, in Emersons Green.

Developed by Housing 21, the scheme in Oakwood Drive will comprise 50 high-quality, two-bedroom apartments for social rent and shared ownership in a community setting.

Designed to cater for residents’ changing needs, Edward Jenner Court offers independent living combined with optional tailored on-site care and support 24/7 if residents require it.

There will be a range of services and facilities including a communal lounge, wellbeing suite, activity room, laundry room and communal gardens, as well as a café/bistro and hair salon which will also be open to the local community.

Due for completion by the end of June, the development will welcome its first residents from late August.

Edward Jenner Court has been developed by Housing 21 – a leading not-for-profit provider of Retirement Housing and Extra Care for older people of modest means – in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council.

Opening at a time of mass vaccination, the scheme has been aptly named after the famous English scientist Edward Jenner. Jenner, who grew up in the Gloucestershire town of Berkeley, created the world’s first vaccine – for smallpox – in the 18th Century.

Lorraine Jenner, Head of Extra Care at Housing 21, said: “We are excited to be nearing completion of this fabulous new development, which will provide much-needed affordable homes for local people aged over 55.

“With the show home recently opening, our staff are really enjoying meeting prospective residents and discussing how the range of facilities at Edward Jenner Court could meet their requirements now and in the future.

“Our Extra Care schemes offer the independence, privacy and security of your own home, along with the peace of mind that there is 24/7 support from our on-site care team as needed – all within a welcoming community atmosphere.”

Cllr June Bamford, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council being shown around a show home by Kelly Hemmings, Housing Manager.

Cllr June Bamford, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “It has been a pleasure to visit Edward Jenner Court and see how the new homes and facilities are coming together. It is set to be a fantastic addition to the district which enables older people to live independently with a focus on building a supportive, community spirit. I’m sure the residents will be very happy in their new homes when they are ready.”

Deputy Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, and Cabinet Member for Adults and Housing, Cllr Ben Stokes, said: “It is fantastic that the new homes at Edward Jenner Court are nearing completion and the first residents will be able to move in and begin enjoying the facilities later this summer. 

“We are focused on delivering high-quality, affordable housing such as this for the people of South Gloucestershire and ensuring our communities are supported in a way that local people are proud to call South Gloucestershire home. I encourage anyone who is interested to visit the show home and see for themselves.”

For more information or to book an appointment to view the show home at Edward Jenner Court, call Housing 21’s New Homes Team on 0345 608 4021 or email newhome@housing21.org.uk

To keep staff and visitors safe, thorough cleaning will be carried out after each viewing. Social distancing will be observed, and protective gloves and face coverings will be available for visitors to use if they wish.

For more information visit the page for Edward Jenner Court.

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