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£1.8m affordable housing development opens in Bradley Stoke


Residents of Merlin Housing Society’s biggest development have celebrated its official opening this week.

Bluebell Gardens in Bradley Stoke is a joint venture between Merlin and retirement property specialists McCarthy & Stone. The £1.8m development of 24-purpose built, older peoples flats was opened by Board member Sylvia Young at a ceremony on Tuesday, attended by residents, staff and stakeholders.

Merlin’s Operations Director, Amanda Meanwell said: “Bluebell Gardens has not only boosted the availability of affordable homes in the area, it also provides a benchmark for the standard we expect from any new homes we build. 

“Its official opening gave everyone the opportunity to come together, celebrate its completion and take a look around. We’ve delighted to have already heard good things from those who have moved in and we hope they will be very happy there.”

Residents of Bluebell Gardens benefit from wet rooms in all properties, automated entrance doors, mobility scooter store and level access showers.

The development took 14 months to complete at a cost of £1.8m and was completed in February 2013. It has been built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Lifetime Homes and Secured By Design standards.

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