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Residents and VIP guests celebrate £6.9m Extra Care Housing development

26 March 2015

Sutherland Court Group

Left to right: Linda Kelly, Cllr Julian Benington (Lord Mayor of Bromley), Dr Stuart Burgess, Cllr Robert Evans, Maddie Kennedy Trench

Residents from an Extra Care Housing development in Penge came together for a celebratory event on 26 March.

Sutherland Court, in Thesiger Road, Penge was developed by Hanover in partnership with Bromley Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The celebratory event saw residents joined by Lewisham West & Penge MP Jim Dowd, Cllr Robert Evans and other local dignitaries. The event was hosted by the Chair of Hanover Dr Stuart Burgess who also welcomed the Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Julian Benington.

The estate, built on the site of the former Anne Sutherland House care home, has 41 one-bedroom and nine two-bedroom luxury apartments. It has a range of facilities for older people including modern, fitted kitchens, level access showers, restaurant, communal social areas and landscaped gardens.

The housing development has been designed for active older people, with care needs. On-site care is available around the clock if required, with residents having additional access to the Hanover-On-Call telecare service for emergencies.

Speaking at the celebration, Dr Stuart Burgess said: ‘The development of Sutherland Court is a great example of partnership working between Hanover and Bromley Council. Developments like this allow older people to lead independent lives, in their own homes, but with the reassurance of care and support on hand 24 hours a day.’

Councillor Evans, Portfolio Holder for Care Services at Bromley Council, said: ‘I want to offer my warmest congratulations to the residents of Sunderland Court. Extra Care housing means when people need care and support because of ill-health or age, they can have their own front door and greater control over their lives but with the reassurance of 24 hour care and support on their doorstep. The Council is rightly proud of this scheme and what this will provide for the frailest and most vulnerable older people in Bromley.’

To celebrate the day, and the onset of spring, residents at Sutherland Court were presented with a gas barbecue.

Linda, a 65-year-old resident, is delighted with her new surroundings. She said: ‘Since moving here from my one bedroom home in Beckenham I haven’t looked back. I’ve gained many new friends and the care and support staff are wonderful. I can’t wait for chef to rustle up a few sausages on the new barbecue!’

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