A special ceremony to mark the ‘ground breaking’ start of a flagship development was held this month (November 6).
Senior figures from Bracknell Forest Homes and Bracknell Forest Council visited the site near Garth College and Bracknell town centre to celebrate the start of foundations for a new retirement living scheme. The event with Graeme Stanley (Chair of Bracknell Forest Homes’ Board), Caroline Titley (Chief Executive), Linda Wells (Housing and Community Services Director), Chris Withnall (Development and Assets Director), Cllr Birch (Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing), and Simon Hendey (Chief Housing Officer) symbolises the start of the major development to build the £12 million Clement House, which is expected to complete in early 2015.
Caroline Titley, Chief Executive of Bracknell Forest Homes, commented: “Clement House is part of our exciting development plans and is a major scheme, which will provide excellent accommodation for older people in the borough. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Council to deliver a high quality scheme for retirement living to transform lives, homes and communities.”
Clement House, as the scheme will be known, will have 65 one and two bedroom properties, with 51 for rent and 14 for sale. It will have a bright, spacious atrium, restaurant, IT suite, hobby rooms, library and a hairdressing salon.
The project is being constructed by contractors Leadbitter who are very experienced in building such schemes. Investment of £4.2m has been provided by the Homes and Communities Agency and Bracknell Forest Council.
Mrs Titley, added: “The scheme has been designed with the needs and aspirations of residents in mind to ensure that older people can live independently in high quality accommodation with support on site if needed.”
Clement House will be finished in early 2015 and residents can register their interest in finding out more about the scheme by calling 01344 382849. Bracknell Forest Homes will then send more information as the development progresses.
Cllr Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, said: “The Bracknell Forest Council remain committed to securing the best possible accommodation for our older residents. The Clement House development is a clear example of that commitment. We are pleased to have been able to support Bracknell Forest Homes in this venture and look forward to it opening in early 2015."
A newsletter regarding the development is being prepared to be sent to local residents, businesses and stakeholders. This will keep local people informed about progress. More information will be provided.