Inprogress: the latest care developments

Castleoak to build £30m village
Castleoak is to develop a £30m retirement village in Newport, Essex, for Retirement Villages Group (RVG).

The build contract for Debden Grange will be £24m, with completion expected in 2020.

Castleoak will be delivering the project in two stages.

Seven two-bedroom properties will be released for sale in autumn and completed by late spring next year. An extra 74 properties, including 64 two-bedroom apartments, will then be built.

The homes will have 24-hour emergency call systems and a clubhouse will be built onsite with a restaurant, bar, library, shop and sun terrace.

A 40-bed care home – Debden Grange House – will also be part of the development and will include a domiciliary care service.

Castle View Windsor
Care UK will be operating a 72-bed care home as part of the Castle View Windsor retirement village in Windsor, Berkshire, which is owned by Castle Retirement Living.

Each floor of the Mountbatten Grange property will be divided into smaller suites for a ‘community within a community’ feel, Care UK said.

The bedrooms will have en-suite wet rooms and a 24-hour nurse call system. The facility is due to open in November.

Permission granted
Retirement housing developer McCarthy & Stone has been given planning permission by Dover District Council to build 70 extra care apartments as part of a £25m development in the coastal town in Kent.

Based in an old sorting office in Dover, the site will feature one and two bedroom properties, along with guest suites and communal facilities.

Martin Brown, McCarthy & Stone development director, said: ‘We are pleased that our close engagement with local stakeholders has allowed us to bring this excellent site forward for redevelopment.’

Councillor Pauline Beresford, the council’s cabinet member for housing, added: ‘With an ageing population, it’s important that we provide a good mix of appropriate accommodation for older people looking to downsize.’

Hamilton Gardens
A social housing development for older people to be built in Elgin, Moray, is due to open next autumn.

The 44 two-bedroom property, called Hamilton Gardens, will include flats, cottages and extra care accommodation, with five designed for wheelchair users.

The site is being developed by Hanover Scotland housing association in partnership with Health & Social Care Moray and the Scottish government.

It is being built by property developer Robertson.

Churchill village
Churchill Retirement Living has opened St Athelm Lodge in Wells, Somerset.

The 31 one- and two-bedroom properties have been designed for older people, with kitchen appliances at an easy-reach height and guest suites.

A site manager employed by Millstream Management Services will be overseeing the day-to-day running of the village.

Photo: St Athelm Lodge, Somerset