Two apprentices helped residents mark the official opening of new homes on a Sheffield estate.
The Sicey Pavilion Apartments for the over 55s have been created at Shiregreen by landlord Sanctuary Group at a cost of £2.5 million.
They were opened by Coun Sioned-Mair Richards and Coun Peter Rippon, Sheffield Council Labour members for Shiregreen and Brightside, with the help of Connor Bamford and Matt Powell, who worked as construction apprentices on the scheme and now work for Sanctuary.
During the launch event at the nearby cricket pavilion in Sicey Avenue, residents and special guests were also treated to afternoon tea and new resident Gladys Stones helped to cut a specially-made cake.
Helen Wright, Sanctuary’s head of development for the north, said: “Sicey Pavilion Apartments has been an important development for Shiregreen which has not only provided much-needed accommodation for Sheffield’s over 55s, but has also given young people the chance to get involved in such a significant building project.
“These 24 new homes are already helping to provide a secure home for over 55s and has provided apprentices with vital skills to begin a career in the building trade.”
The development was part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and was built by contractors Frank Haslam Milan, which also employed the seven apprentices on site.
All of the new homes have eco features such as solar panels and energy efficient heating and ventilation systems which are designed to keep bills lower for residents.
Lisa Jones, area manager at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “I am delighted to see how our £1.2m investment has helped deliver 24 new homes for older people.
“It is also great this scheme has created local jobs for the seven apprentices.
“ I would like to wish Connor and Matt good luck in their new careers.”
Nathan Brough, construction manager at FHM, said: “We are committed to providing new, high-quality affordable housing and this scheme in Sheffield has been a great community project to be involved in.”