Edith Ramsay House in Stepney was originally opened in 1983 and named in honour of the local councillor and social campaigner, Edith Ramsay.
As part of the Sheltered Home Improvement Programme, Edith Ramsay House underwent an extensive refurbishment to significantly modernise the scheme.
The upgrade of Edith Ramsay House was completed in consultation with residents, family members and staff. It was designed to ensure the accommodation is inclusive, offering greater wheelchair accessibility along with a designated area for storing mobility aids. The addition of new flats offer more people the chance to call this popular scheme their home.
The refurbishment included work to remodel the communal spaces so residents socialise more easily. Four bedsits were converted to two flats to be more in keeping with the high level of aspirational living Gateway is offering older people.
"I am pleased with the finished building work, my landing has had a new facelift with designer wallpapers, window blinds and decorative frames, they look rather wonderful. I am also very happy with our new communal lounge and all the lovely new furniture. I'd say it looks a hundred times better."
- June, Resident of Edith Ramsay House
Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, plants a tree at the re-launch of Edith Ramsay House.
The re-launch of Edith Ramsay House was celebrated on 27 October 2015. Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, planted a tree to commemorate the occasion.
Speaking at the event, Rushanara said,
"It is vital that residents in sheltered accomodation are allowed both the independence and comfort they need and value so highly, and I am pleased that this upgrade makes sure this has happened."