New era at New Park House

Ida Gurr and Hazel James are pictured cutting a ribbon at New Park House in Shrewsbury

Four generations of a family joined together to celebrate the completion of major work to improve New Park House in Castlefields, Shrewsbury.

Investment of more than £615,000 has brought a new kitchen for social activities and events in the retirement living community. The flat roof has been replaced, with the addition of skylights for a lighter, brighter, airy appeal. A scooter store has been created and the laundry has also been refurbished.

Much of the project has been aimed at producing a more comfortable environment, with insulation of the hot water pipes in hallways taking place after residents said that these areas could become uncomfortably hot.

A new fire alarm, fire-stopping features and the addition of slip-resistant vinyl on the stairs enhance safety, while new hallway lights, corridor ceilings and decoration make these areas much more welcoming. Meanwhile grant funding from Fusion21 has been used to convert the former lean-to into an orangery, with French doors and ramp access to the garden.

Individual apartments have benefited too, with the installation of new bathrooms and front doors.

“Our retirement living communities are friendly, lively places where there is always something happening,” said Sue Atkins, head of retirement living services at Care Plus. “People take a huge pride in where they live and we wanted to reflect that by investing in the accommodation.”

Marking the end of this part of the project, a celebratory tea party was held at New Park House which provided an opportunity to thank residents for their patience while work took place and to acknowledge the contribution of colleagues in Property Plus who ensured that the project progressed smoothly.

Longstanding resident Ida Gurr, 95, kindly agreed to cut the ceremonial ribbon and the day’s VIP was supported by her daughter, granddaughter and great grandson.

“Ida did a wonderful job cutting the ribbon and we were delighted that her family could be there too,” said Sue. “The major work is now complete but we haven’t quite finished at New Park House. In the new year we will begin refurbishing the foyer, carpeting the hallways and installing new garden lighting and an outdoor seating area, ready for the spring.”  

Ida Gurr (left) and Hazel James are pictured during the ceremonial ribbon-cutting marking the start of a new era for New Park House.

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