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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 19:24 GMT
Royal opening for sheltered flats
Princess Anne
The city has committed to building 600 of the flats by 2008
Princess Anne is visiting Bristol on Wednesday to officially open a sheltered housing development.

HRH the Princess Royal will tour the development and meet residents, before unveiling a plaque at Colliers Gardens.

The 6.3m scheme run by Brunelcare will provide homes for 70 older people self-contained flats, specifically designed to allow independent living.

Facilities at the development in Fishponds include a restaurant, a hairdressing salon and an IT suite.

These facilities will also be available for use by older people living in the surrounding community.

'Street scene'

Brunelcare's chief executive, Helen Joy, said: "Colliers Gardens will be a first for Brunelcare, both in terms of the care that it provides and the services which will be on offer to residents and those living in the wider community.

The layout of the ground floor corridor has been designed to resemble a street scene.

Colliers Gardens is part of a wider programme involving Bristol City Council and four other housing associations to provide 600 very sheltered housing units across the city by 2008.

Very sheltered housing provides accommodation for the more active older person and those who need regular help with their personal care, meals, laundry and domestic tasks.

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