Luminus, the UK’s Best Employer and eastern region’s premier housing provider, welcomed dignitaries and local leaders to the pre-opening launch of Eden Place,  providing state-of-the art luxury living for older people with extra care needs.

Luminus Group Chief Executive, Dr Chan Abraham, welcomed local community leaders and dignitaries to an exclusive viewing of 55 one and two bedroom, state-of-the-art apartments, located in a setting that would rival many top-rated hotels. Guests included Jonathan Djanogly MP, the Chairman and Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Mayor of St Ives, representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency and local community groups.

Dr Chan Abraham, Luminus Group Chief Executive, said;

“I am delighted to welcome guests to Eden Place. Luminus and our partners in the local authorities and construction teams have been working hard to bring make this happen, with our focus being on providing much needed homes for older residents. I would express my thanks to them all.  We see this as a new stage in celebrating partnership working, where we can make progress together along The Road to Renewal. Eden Place will provide much-needed homes for older people, in peaceful and inspiring surroundings as part of a supportive community.  We wanted to create a place where we’d be happy for our own elderly relatives to live.  This is that place.”

Guests were able to take a tour of the leading-edge facilities which include a fully landscaped garden, restaurant, hairdresser, laundry room, physio room and a guest suite available to residents’ visitors. The scheme benefits from on-site support, and is designed around creating a peaceful, friendly and self-sufficient community, where residents can enjoy independence and privacy.

The event gave those attending the opportunity to find out more about Eden Place and how Luminus is fulfilling Cambridgeshire’s housing aspirations.

Nigel Finney, Luminus’ Executive Director (Operations) explained,

“This excellent scheme cost a total of £7.9m which Luminus has met from a combination of its own resources, £2.3 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, and an HDC £5 million commercial loan. While using these resources to build this fantastic scheme, we also are providing finance to HDC and local citizens, which is very much a win-win situation.”

Residents who are eligible for the scheme began moving into Eden Place during December. Those who are interested in becoming a resident of Eden Place should contact Luminus to find out if they are eligible.

Huntingdonshire has the fastest growing population in Cambridgeshire, where the growth of the older community already outstrips the rest of the country. Luminus is committed to helping tackle this challenge, working closely with a range of partners, including the district council and health services.

Councillor Peter Bucknell, HDC Chairman commented,

“At the district council we have been looking forward to seeing Eden Place come to fruition.  This is the second extra care scheme provided by Luminus and it is a great help to the council as we seek to tackle the ever-growing problem of housing need in our area.”

Jonathan Djanogly MP, commented on the scheme:

“I’m really pleased that after what was such a long gestation period, Eden Place has turned out so well. Eden Place is wonderfully spacious and open with marvellously large corridors. It gives a totally different feeling that you don’t usually have in a residential home. It makes a tremendous impression. It is going to make such an important contribution to the local community.”