McCarthy & Stone's newest development in Ponteland has been named Henderson Court in honour of a former headteacher who once taught at a school previously based near the site.

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  • The title of Henderson Court was chosen from the host suggestions made by students of nearby Ponteland First School, after McCarthy & Stone ran a competition with them to find the development a name of local significance.

    Both Lucy Naraine, five, and Alisha Ballantyne, seven, submitted Henderson Court as a possibility after their research showed that Henderson was an influential figure at the old school, and that the Henderson family itself, once ran a locally renowned builders yard from the site of the former school kitchens.

    Fiona Brooks, regional sales and marketing director at McCarthy & Stone commented: "We pride ourselves on building communities and not just homes, so we always aim to select names for our new developments that will have real meaning to the local residents.

    "Being able to work alongside the students at Ponteland First School has helped us to gain a better understanding of the Ponteland community as a whole, and we have been really impressed by the amount of valuable research they each put in to coming up with some great names.

    "We chose Henderson Court as it clearly reflects a bygone era in the Ponteland's history that is still important to the area's residents. We really can't thank Naraine and Ballantyne enough for suggesting it."

    When complete, Henderson Court in Ponteland will provide 59 Assisted Living retirement apartments designed exclusively for people over the age of 70 who might need some additional assistance with their daily lives.

    Each apartment will include thoughtful design features including 24 hour emergency call points, a level access shower and bath, an electrically operated window in the kitchen, electrical sockets at a raised height to reduce bending, as well wheelchair access.

    Furthermore, staff will be on site 24 hours a day and, as part of the service charge, one hour of domestic assistance will be available each week. For those who require it, personal care can be arranged, via an appointed care agency, to suit individual residents' needs as they arise.

    Additional facilities such as a waitress service restaurant, offering a midday meal every day of the year, landscaped gardens, a communal residents' lounge, and a guest suite for visiting family and friends, will ensure that residents are able to maintain an active lifestyle.

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