28 January 2010
Princess Anne officially opened Hazel Court, a residential complex in Swansea as part of her tour of South Wales.
The eight stop tour began last Friday with the opening of Carmarthen’s provision Market in St Catherine Street. Princess Anne then met with the residents and officially opened Hazel Court, a purpose-built sheltered housing complex designed by international consultants WYG Planning & Design for Family Housing Association (Wales) Limited, in partnership with the City & County of Swansea.
The development replaced two tower blocks which contained 119 existing council flats with 120 affordable apartments and community facilities. Accessibility is central to the ethos of the development and all the apartments have been designed to Lifetime Homes standards, decreasing the need for residents to be moved as they get older or become ill. WYG Planning & Design was Architect, Lead Designer and Landscape Architect for the development.
Paul Labbett, Associate Director, WYG Planning & Design said: “I noted to the Princess Royal how pleased we are, as a team of designers, to return to the see the real community that has developed in Hazel Court and to see the spaces used to their full potential.”
As part of the tour, Princess Anne visited a leisure centre, veterinary centre and met with children at a local high school. As President, UK Fashion and textile Association, the Princess later went on to visit Benjamin Roberts, wedding dress designer and the National Waterfront Museum.