Bolton's first 'retirement village' is set to open this autumn.

Lever Gardens is billed as a new exciting’ retirement development with homes to rent, in Little Lever.

Bolton at Home are behind the Lever Gardens  complex in Dearden Street for the over 55s, which has care and support, including 24-hour emergency response and a range of facilities on site. 

At the site there will be 62 apartments, each fitted with a modern kitchen, fitted bathroom, spacious living area, one or two bedrooms and some also have a balcony or terrace.

Each home is also fitted with an emergency alarm system, triggered by a pendant, or pull cord.

This means residents can call for help in an emergency, 24 hours a day.

There is also a buzz in system so residents can see people who are there before they let them in, so added security for residents.

The development also includes six two-bedroom bungalows for rent.

The Bolton News: Lever GardensLever Gardens (Image: Pozzoni Architecture)

On-site, there’s a residents’ lounge, bistro-cafe, scooter room and landscaped gardens and for residents who enjoy social activities, they can get involved in coffee mornings, bingo, and other organised events.

Cllr Sean Hornby said: “This is a £12.5m project and it’s a first for Bolton and we are honoured that Bolton at Home chose Little Lever as the location for the 62 apartments on over three floors.

“There will be six additional bungalows built and there will be a bistro in there and a hair salon as well and it is the most modern facility.

“On the old site before on the Little Lever site they were bed sits and they were damp and in the end there were only three people out of the forty actually in the dwelling so it made sense to knock it down and make better use of that.

The Bolton News: What Lever Gardens should look likeWhat Lever Gardens should look like (Image: Pozzoni Architecture)

“Little Lever is one of the highest populated areas in Bolton for the elderly so it made sense to build that and people in Little Lever that came here in the sixties never moved out.

“It is going to be good for Little Lever and it’s a first and it is not just for Little Lever people.

“It is the first for Bolton and I hope it isn’t the last for Bolton.

“Homes England, a government fund, also put about £400,000 into the project.

“It’s nice, it is going to be really really nice, it’s excellent.”

For details on how to apply for a home at Lever Gardens, contact Bolton at Home on 01204 328000. 

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