On Thursday 8th October we were delighted to attend the official opening of the Jean Gleadall Apartments (formerly known as Sevenfields) in Sheffield.
The apartments are named in memory of the former Pennine Housing 2000 tenant Jean Gleadal,l who was a leading light for tenants, holding several important positions to ensure the company delivered a first-class service to tenants following the stock transfer from Sheffield City Council.
The Right Honourable David Blunkett paid tribute to Jean as he officially opened the £3.1million development.
Sevenfields (now officially named as Jean Gleadall Apartments) is a development of 29 self-contained apartments spread over 2 blocks for over 55s in Sheffield, on the site of the now demolished Sevenfields Nursing Home.
The design takes advantage of the topography with split levels, providing a modest 2 storey frontage to Ben Lane, increasing to 3 stories within the site’s new parking court. The architectural treatment is derived from the local vernacular of red brick, render and gabled pitched roofs, but presented in a more contemporary form.
The completed scheme will bring much needed older persons accommodation in the local area whilst meeting the Lifetime Homes, Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and boasts a large solar photovoltaic array providing 11% of the development’s predicted energy demand.
Janette Pearce, Head of Pennine Housing 2000, said: “Jean was a hugely influential figure in Sheffield and for us and this is a fantastic tribute.
“The new development will provide some much-needed independent living accommodation to this part of the city.
“It also gave us a chance to honour a fantastic servant of the people of the city.”
Lord Blunkett added: “Jean was a huge asset to the people of Sheffield and as she championed the cause of those who weren’t able to make their voices heard.
“The lack of quality, affordable housing is a huge problem in the country at the moment and this is a very welcome addition.“She was certainly one of a kind and I’m very pleased to be able to open this fantastic development, which is a credit to Pennine Housing 2000, the area, and will last as a fitting memory to Jean.”