£6 million pound retirement home set to open in Sherwood

An aerial view of the Winwood Heights site, which includes Winchester and Woodthorpe Courts and the creation of Winwood Court, a new extra care facility in-between the two tower blocks.

Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes are set to open a brand new extra care centre in Sherwood – which is the latest addition to the city’s ‘Building a Better Nottingham’ council housing programme.

Situated in the grounds of Woodthorpe Grange Park, the new 44 one-bed fully accessible flats have been built in between the existing tower blocks of Woodthorpe and Winchester Court. They will provide support and 24-hour care on site for those who need it, allowing older and more vulnerable tenants to remain living independently for longer. It will help the council to provide a cost effective alternative to residential care and help support the increasing demand for social care services.

New and enhanced communal facilities have been created, and solar panels have been installed to help lower running costs.

Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage, said: “Together with Nottingham City Homes and other partners we’re developing a mix of properties across the whole city, from much-needed family housing to bungalows and independent living schemes.

“With an ageing population it’s important that when we’re transforming our neighbourhoods, we ensure we’re creating homes which meet the needs of local people.

“Winwood Court has provided us with an opportunity to create a warm, safe and modern community which will help support some of our older and more vulnerable citizens to stay independent for longer, while freeing up much needed family housing for those who need it.”

Stuart Kerr, operations director at Willmott Dixon, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Nottingham City Homes to create this fantastic facility for residents in the local community.

“At Willmott Dixon, we are committed to creating buildings that improve the lives of local people. During our projects, one of our main priorities is to ensure that we leave a positive lasting legacy. We’re really proud to have been involved in a project like this, especially as we were able to score 45 on the Considerate Constructor Scheme – a score that is rare on a project of this scale.”