A Southwark charity has broken ground on 57 new almshouses in Bermondsey which will provide affordable homes for residents over 60.
United St Saviour’s charity began work on the project at Bermondsey’s Southwark Park Road last Friday. It is due for completion at the end of next year, and will see 57 new homes created for elderly residents with a link to the borough.
In a nod to the area’s heritage, the almshouse will be called ‘Appleby Blue’ – after one of the charity’s earliest benefactors, Dorothy Appleby, and ‘the Blue’.
“The launch of Appleby Blue is a hugely exciting day for us, marking the beginning of an important new chapter in our history which has been years in the planning,” said charity CEO, Martyn Craddock.
“Our aim is to provide exceptional housing for Southwark’s older people and to demonstrate the positive contribution that older people bring to the community and place they live. It is a true legacy for future generations and we are incredibly proud of it.”
The project aims to provide “modern, independent sheltered housing” with an outdoor space for use by the whole community.
The charity also runs two other almshouses: Hopton Gardens, behind the Tate Modern, and St Saviour’s Court in Purley.
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