Drew Smith Partners with Southampton City Council on Newest Development

Drew Smith and Southampton City Council unveils Potters Court housing with care scheme show flat.

As Potters Court – a brand-new, council-owned, housing with care development – nears completion in Maybush, the team at Drew Smith and Southampton City Council has opened the doors to the scheme’s show flat and launched a specially produced online virtual tour to give potential tenants and health care professionals a taste of what the building has to offer.

With 83 one and two-bedroom flats, Potters Court is the largest housing with care scheme in Southampton, offering independent living for older people with care and support needs.

The Wimpson Lane site, which is under construction by Drew Smith, part of Vistry Partnerships, is also home to Kiln Court, a smaller block of 15 flats, for people aged over 50. Kiln Court residents will be able to use the facilities at neighbouring Potters Court and support will be available where needed.

Potters Court is designed for older adults (either single people or couples) who have a housing need, as well as care and support needs. Applicants must be on Southampton City Council’s Housing Register.

Potters Court will also contain a restaurant and health and wellbeing suite, which will be open to the local community to enjoy, plus communal lounges, gardens, laundry and IT facilities.

Housing with care provides residents with the privacy and independence of their own flat, plus the reassurance of onsite support and 24-hour care. The care and support packages are tailored to how much or how little is required; residents with significant care needs, including those with cognitive impairments such as dementia, can be supported, as well as those who are more independent but would still benefit from the supportive environment the complex offers. Staff are available to check on people’s wellbeing and help in emergencies (such as falls or unexpected illness) throughout the day and night, offering peace of mind.

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, Southampton City Council, said: “Potters Court is a major part of our plans to deliver homes local people need, and that’s not just young people and families but older members of our communities too. The show flat looks fantastic, and when the scheme is complete, it will help to build communities, enrich lives and address the growing demand in this area.”

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Southampton City Council, commented: “The council is committed to supporting Southampton’s older population and this show flat perfectly illustrates how housing with care provides security, stability and independence in a modern environment. I encourage anyone who is considering downsizing, or has an older family member with care needs, to explore what’s on offer at this wonderful scheme.”

Leanne Smith, New Business Director, Drew Smith (Vistry Partnerships), added: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Potters Court show flat, both in person and virtually, to showcase the benefits of housing with care and the significant contribution this scheme will make to the needs of older people in Southampton.”