Thames Valley Housing (TVH) and Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust recently celebrated the completion of a project to provide vital high-quality rented accommodation for doctors, nurses and other keyworkers at Frimley Park Hospital. These new affordable homes are at Woodbridge, near Frimley town centre, which also offers private sale homes for local people.
The site of Woodbridge was once occupied by Frimley Children’s Centre and had been disused for many years following the Centre’s relocation to the main hospital.
Meeting local residents, the partners were joined by senior representatives of Bugler Developments, who built the new homes and converted the former Children’s Centre. The event not only marked an important construction milestone but also highlighted how working in partnership with NHS trusts to deliver new homes positively impacts the local community.
One of the residents now happily living at Woodbridge is Jason Chitty, a Clinical Coding Analyst at Frimley Park Hospital. He said: “Our new home has given me and my partner the opportunity to live together before we go on to buy a place of our own. The apartment is of exceptional quality and we are very happy here – the next place will have a lot to live up to!”
Janet King, Director of HR and Corporate Services at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Good accommodation for our doctors, nurses and other essential staff is so critical to what we can offer as an employer. Recruiting and retaining good staff in the NHS has become so competitive and high quality housing for staff at critical stages in their career can make a huge difference. In Thames Valley Housing we found a partner we could work with to offer our staff a fantastic standard of accommodation without having to use NHS funds. That means we can make more investment directly into patient services.”
Geeta Nanda, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Housing, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to work closely in partnership with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bugler Developments and Surrey Heath Borough Council to provide much-needed keyworker rented accommodation for those working at Frimley Park Hospital, as well as brand new homes for sale for local people. I hope that all of our residents there have now settled in and are enjoying life in their new homes.”