Celebrations at the opening of Joseph Williams Mews
Wednesday 02 September 2015
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson officially opened the city's newest
retirement living housing development on 2nd September, prompting a
cue for the Beatles' hit song 'When I'm 64…' when guests found out
Paul McCartney's old school was previously on the development's
Joseph Williams Mews is Riverside's newest retirement living
development for over 55s in Belle Vale, located directly opposite
the area's main shopping complex. The scheme consists of 56
affordable rent apartments as well as Riverside Home Ownership's 14
shared ownership properties: 12 apartments and two bungalows.
Paul McCartney attended Joseph Williams School from 1949 to
1953. The school was closed in 1997 and the site on Naylorsfield
Drive was cleared for Riverside's new retirement living housing
built in line with the Lee Valley Green Space Strategy.
The £9.4 million, 70-home project was developed by Riverside in
partnership with Liverpool City Council and contractors Lovell,
design agency, DK Architects, and landscaper designers, Planit-IE,
following the increased demand for housing for older people in the
Lee Valley area.
Riverside teams celebrate
Catherine Corkish, Sales Negotiator, said:"Our shared ownership
homes at Joseph Williams Mews have been snapped up. The properties
are ideal for retired people to downsize into. We've provided homes
that suit their needs as well as a stake in a thriving
The project is just one element of our much wider programme of
regeneration of the Lee Valley area and reflective of a unique
partnership between Riverside and Liverpool City Council. The
outcome is a high-quality development complex which has transformed
the Lee Valley area.
Maureen Pringle, Riverside Regional Operations Manager,
said:"Joseph Williams Mews offers a range of housing options and
additional levels of support for couples and single people over 55.
The scheme is modern and inviting with a staffed reception area,
hairdressers and beauty salon, laundry facilities and a community
café themed around the history of Liverpool with a pictorial
timeline of historic events dating back to the Belle Vale Prefab
Project until the present day."
As part of the day, Mayor Joe Anderson toured the development
after he officially cut the ribbon declaring the scheme's opening.
Guests had lunch at Joseph Williams Mews soon-to-be-launched café
which will officially be open to the Belle Vale community later in