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07/09/2020 General, Siddington Park, Corporate
Rangeford Villages, the award-winning later living property specialist, is looking to purchase new land to develop further contemporary communities for the over 60s. The developer has already committed £90 million to acquiring land during the lockdown period, with plans underway on two upcoming villages in Cirencester and Essex.
This expansion plan furthers Rangeford Villages’ mission to help people 60+ fully enjoy independent living by creating supportive communities with access to excellent services and amenities. It follows the success of two existing developments, later living villages Wadswick Green in Wiltshire and Mickle Hill in North Yorkshire. Wadswick Green was awarded a silver award for “Best Retirement Development” at the industry’s highly respected WhatHouse? Awards in 2019.
The search for land is primarily focused on the home counties to complement the recent acquisition in Essex, seeking sites capable of accommodating over 100 units that are located in, or on the edges of, towns. Sites need to be close to transport links and local amenities and have a mid to high ageing population demographic. As part of its dedication to create beautiful villages, sites need to have the ‘village’ potential with space for a range of central facilities, landscaped gardens and parking.
Rangeford Villages committed to their Siddington Park Village, Cirencester, by signing the construction contract with Rydon at the beginning of the lockdown period. Building work started shortly after, in compliance with government advice, and is now progressing smoothly. The development is targeted to be completed in summer 2022 and will offer 123 spacious one, two and three bed retirement apartments, ranging from 620 sq ft to 1,907 sq ft.
Rangeford Villages also secured a new site located in Essex, with contracts exchanged during the summer 2020 lockdown.
Howard Nankivell, CEO at Rangeford Villages says: “The progress that we have made, in spite of the current environment, gives not only a much-needed boost to local economies like Cirencester, but also addresses the significant undersupply of high-quality retirement housing in the UK. This has never been more important than in these challenging times with the NHS and social care system under extraordinary pressure.”
Each Rangeford Villages’ development features a “Pavilion” to provide a hub of social activity and onsite amenities at the heart of each village, including restaurant, fitness and activity facilities. There is a regular social events calendar for residents to promote a community lifestyle and their wellbeing. The villages have a dedicated team offering many support services including domiciliary care and concierge to assist with day to day enquiries and services.
Homes are carefully built for the over 60s market and feature walk-in showers, wide corridors, and open plan living for ease of mobility. With modern designs, they are sold on a “lock up and leave” basis, attracting retirees keen to live just as before and retain their independence whilst having the comfort of knowing assistance is available as required. In addition to a concierge team to assist with day to day enquiries and services, personalised care and support packages are also available for assistance on daily tasks, housekeeping and laundry services, or simple companionship.
Contact Rangeford Villages’ Land and Development Director, Daniel Perfect, with any potential sites. He will be delighted to further advise on the land wanted requirements.
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