Official opening of Bluebell Gardens in Bradley Stoke

07 May 2013

New affordable housing for older people has come to the heart of Bradley Stoke thanks to a partnership by McCarthy & Stone and Merlin Housing Society. Completed in February 2013, the 24 apartments in Bluebell Gardens took 14 months to complete at a cost of £1.8m.

They have been carefully designed to meet the needs of older people and to be both energy-efficient and secure – having been built to the ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ (Level 3), ‘Lifetime Homes’ and ‘Secured By Design’ standards. Residents of Bluebell Gardens benefit from wet rooms with level access showers in all properties, automated entrance doors and a mobility scooter store.

Bluebell Gardens has been built by McCarthy & Stone, adjacent to its new development at Brook Court, which offers specialist later living accommodation for older homeowners. It is Merlin Housing Society’s first development in Bradley Stoke, an area with very high demand for older people’s housing.

Merlin Housing Society and McCarthy and Stone have had an incredible amount of interest in the apartments on both sites, particularly from local people who wanted to stay in the area but were looking for more manageable properties. At Brook Court, McCarthy & Stone has seen over 40% of apartments reserved ‘off-plan’.

McCarthy & Stone’s Julian Kinder commented:

“We are delighted to have provided Merlin with high-quality homes for local people and, having met some of the new residents, I hope they will be extremely happy living at Bluebell Gardens. This is our first partnership with Merlin Housing Society and one that all parties who shared in it should justifiably be proud – it was a team effort”.


The two developments are adjacent to the Willow Brook Centre, right in the heart of the Bradley Stoke, making it an ideal location close to local shops, facilities and public transport.

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