Top innovation award for Alexandra Place

Alexandra Place won a top honour at the Housing Innovation Awards last night, being named ‘Most Innovative Sheltered/Supported Scheme’. Residents and staff of the state of the art extra-care housing development in Woodley, Reading celebrated at the central London ceremony as Project Manager Richard Maclennan and Scheme Manager Claudette Campbell collected the award.

The extra care scheme for 55s and over, consisting of 64 one and two bedroom apartments has been developed as the result of a partnership between Wokingham Borough Council and Catalyst Housing, with Central & Cecil managing the scheme and Housing 21 providing the care.

Rod Cahill, Chief Executive of Catalyst said:

“I’m so proud that Alexandra Place has been honoured. it is a great example of what Catalyst is all about, building better homes and creating better communities. “

Alexandra Place is suitable for a range of people, from those who have few or no care needs to those requiring 24 hour care and support. On-site care will be adapted to meet changing needs, ensuring that residents can live independently for as long as possible.

Residents have their own self-contained flats, including living rooms, kitchens with full facilities and ‘wet room’ bathrooms.

This new scheme has been designed with every aspect of care in mind as well as a strong focus on community-building, with facilities open for residents as well as the local community, including a vibrant IT café/restaurant open seven days a week, a small shop and a hairdressers.

Alexandra Place residents and local community members can also join a thriving community membership scheme, based at the scheme, called the Alexandra Club, which will include access to a wide-range of special facilities such as IT facilities, a therapy suite, an exercise room, a landscaped garden, an accessible spa bath, shower facilities, a lounge with widescreen TV. Further tailor-made social, creative and therapeutic opportunities will also be offered such as pottery-making, yoga, gardening and photography.