When I'm 64 - Celebratory open
day at new retirement living development where Paul McCartney went to school
LIVERPOOL Mayor Joe Anderson officially
opened the City's newest retirement living housing development on 2
September 2015; prompting a cue for the Beatles' hit song:- 'When I'm
64…' when guests found out Sir Paul McCartney's old school was
previously on the development's site.
Joseph Williams Mews is Riverside's newest retirement living development for
over 55s in Belle Vale, located directly opposite the area's main shopping
complex. The scheme consists of 56 affordable rent apartments as well as 12
apartments and two bungalows available to buy on a shared ownership basis.
Sir Paul McCartney attended Joseph Williams School from 1949 to 1953. The
school was closed in 1997 and the site on Naylorsfield Drive was cleared for
Riverside's new retirement living housing built in line with the Lee Valley
Green Space Strategy.
Maureen Pringle, Riverside Regional Operations
Manager, said:- "Joseph Williams Mews offers a range of housing
options and additional levels of support for couples and single people over
55. The scheme is modern and inviting with a staffed reception area,
hairdressers and beauty salon, laundry facilities and a community café
themed around the history of Liverpool with a pictorial timeline of historic
events dating back to the Belle Vale Prefab Project until the present day."
The £9.4 million 70 home project was developed by Riverside in partnership
with Liverpool City Council and contractors Lovell, design agency DK
Architects, and landscape planners Planit-IE, following the increased demand
for housing for older people in the Lee Valley area
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "Joseph Williams Mews means
local people can look forward to retiring in their own community surrounded
by their friends and family. The modern development has transformed the area
not only for the people that live there but the wider Belle Vale community
with a number of facilities also open to the public too. The investment in
housing for over 55's comes at a vital time and I'm delighted to have opened
the stunning development."
Mr and Mrs Moore were some of the 1st people to
move into their purpose built home at Joseph Williams Mews. They said:-
"Joseph Williams Mews really brings you out of your home, you have
company all the time, and we're really over the moon living here."
Nigel Yates, Regional Director for housing developer Lovell, said:-
"It's great to see people moving in and enjoying life in this modern new
development which we are delighted to have helped create through our
continuing partnership with Riverside. As a locally based company, we're
also very proud to have built what is an impressive facility for retirement
living, providing high quality housing, designed and constructed to the most
exacting standards, for people in the Lee Valley area."
As part of the day, Mayor Joe Anderson toured the development after he
officially cut the ribbon declaring the scheme open. Guests had lunch at
Joseph Williams Mews' soon to be launched café, which will officially be
open to the Belle Vale community later this month.