Residents at Hawkshaw Court, an elderly housing scheme in Salford, celebrated the Queen’s diamond jubilee with a difference by holding a party to launch their newly revamped home designed with the ‘punk generation’ in mind.
Manchester-based Great Places Housing Group was keen to give its portfolio of elderly schemes a makeover following a change in the eligibility criteria which has lowered the age of those suitable for this type of accommodation – those who were teenagers when the Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’ was ruling the airwaves.
The not for profit organisation, which has just won the National Social Landlord of the Year Award for the third year in a row, pumped £150,000 into the refurbishment and commissioned local artist and architect Simone Ridyard to bring some fresh ideas to the tired interiors.
We wanted to breathe new life into Hawkshaw Court and move away from the old-fashioned interiors that dominate typical elderly schemes.
Great Places’ assistant director of development Jim McMillan
Simone, who lectures in interior design at the Manchester School of Art, enlisted some of her students to consult with existing residents about what they wanted at the scheme. As well as transforming communal areas, the scheme now has a brand new heating system, dining room, lounge, hair and beauty salon, as well as new windows and doors.
Great Places’ assistant director of development Jim McMillan said: “Hawkshaw Court is a sheltered-housing project for people aged over 55 and was in desperate need of improvement. We wanted to breathe new life into it and move away from the old-fashioned interiors that dominate typical elderly schemes. Simone’s work is fresh and exciting and something we’d like to replicate across our portfolio.”
For more information on Great Places’ elderly services schemes, contact Carlie Ford on 07917 527 346.