James Brokenshire officially opened Birchgrove’s Queensgate Apartments – serviced new retirement homes next to Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup.
The new site consists of 74 newly built apartments for the over 65s to rent and include one, two and three bedrooms. Residents have access to onsite facilities such as a restaurant, club room, library, wellbeing and fitness centre, hairdressing and beauty salon, and communal gardens with plots to grow vegetables. Each apartment is also linked to a 24-hour emergency call service for immediate assistance.
Regular events and hobby groups contribute to the community spirit, whilst the onsite shuttle service to the local high street and shops adds to the service offer. All tenants are entitled to one hour’s domestic support per week, meaning a member of staff will help with chores such as cleaning, cooking, shopping or doing the ironing.
Speaking at the event, James said:
“I would like to thank Birchgrove for inviting me to be part of their special day and for choosing Sidcup to build their ‘community with a heart’. Despite living in a technologically connected world, I know some people can often find themselves feeling isolated and lonely and this new model combats is an interesting way to provide accommodation in a supported way.”
“I wish all the residents already moved in much happiness in Queensgate Apartments where I’m sure many new friends, experiences and memories will be made.”