United St. Saviour’s Charity, in partnership with JTRE London, were delighted to host a construction site visit from Harris Academy Bermondsey students last week.

The visit, which took place at our Appleby Blue almshouse development, gave students a first-hand opportunity to observe the construction of this brand-new housing and community resource due for completion in early 2022.

A small group of Year 11’s from the school have been working with Construction Youth Trust over this academic year to explore Careers in Construction and better understand the skills needed to succeed in the industry. The girls loved the visit to Appleby Blue and had lots of questions for Project Manager Paul Raymond as they toured the site. They said: “After a year of lockdown learning it was really great to end the programme on a high with a real-life site visit!!”

This visit follows the recent completion of the frame of the building that will provide 57 self-contained, easy to maintain and affordable homes for the borough’s residents over the age of 65. Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects, Witherford Watson Mann, Appleby Blue will offer lifetime homes that are flexible for residents’ existing and future healthcare needs. Of the 57 apartments, 51 will be one-bedroom, whilst six will be two-bedroom, and 11 homes will be fully wheelchair accessible. Those living at the development will also be supported by dedicated, specially trained staff to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.

Martyn Craddock, CEO of United St Saviour’s, said: “It was exciting to welcome local students to site and provide this great opportunity for them to observe and learn about the construction process of Southwark’s newest almshouse.  We are confident that this new resource will continue to make a real, tangible impact on the community and we are very much looking forward to the welcoming the first residents.”

We will soon be welcoming applications from those who meet the criteria; over the age of 65, a resident in the borough for a minimum of three years and living on a low income. To find out more about the Appleby Blue almshouse development click here

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