The official opening of the Newall Green Farm scheme took place today with the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr June Hitchen, performing the opening ceremony along with Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK.
John Russell, Executive Chairman of Fairhome Group, said: “The opening of this housing development will provide new ‘whole-life’ homes for some of the most vulnerable adults in our society. And it represents the start of a new chapter in the long and fascinating history of Newall Green Farm.
“It also brings to an end nearly a decade of neglect and decline. During that time, despite the best of intentions, successive owners and developers struggled to deliver viable development schemes. Now, working with Manchester City Council and care providers Zeno Care Limited we have secured the building’s future for the long term and once again turned it into a community asset.”
Andrew Milne, Director of Zeno Limited, said: “It’s been six years since we first drew up the designs with Manchester Learning Disability Partnership, and acquired the site. To see the house back to its former glory post fire is simply incredible. The new residents moving into Newall Green Farm will benefit from the best care and support services available, as well as enjoying shared or independent living space which has been built to the highest standard.
“A scheme like this shows what can be achieved when the developer, local authority and care service provider work together to deliver high quality provision which meets the needs of vulnerable adults.”
Dr Carolyn Kus, Manchester City Council’s Executive Director for Strategic Commissioning and Director of Adult Social Care Services, said: “It’s taken a few years of detailed negotiations, hard work and the determination of all parties involved to get us to this point. But I’m delighted to say we’re finally there and have secured the delivery of this new high quality housing for people with a learning disability.
“The refurbishment has taken great care to retain the building’s historic character while it provides residents with the latest modern conveniences and housing standards. I’m sure local residents will welcome the fact this treasured local building is now back at its rightful place at the heart of the community.”
Pictured from the left are: John Russell (Executive Chairman of Fairhome Group), Martin Green (Chief Executive of Care England), Cllr June Hitchen (Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester), Dr Carolyn Kus (Manchester City Council’s Executive Director for Strategic Commissioning and Director of Adult Social Care Services), Peter Cammack (Director of Zeno Ltd) and Andrew Milne (Director of Zeno Ltd)