Diggers on site as work gets underway at flagship scheme

Diggers on site as work gets underway at flagship scheme

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."

For more information about Bracknell Forest Homes’ developments please click here.

For information about Clement House please click here and see below.

  • It has been named Clement House. The name has come from an adventurous family who lived in the area in the 19th century
  • This new development will be a high quality scheme of  65 one and two bed apartments designed to meet the aspirations for older people in their retirement and to provide care and support where needed
  • Clement House will have 14 apartments for purchase and 51 for rent
  • There will be a wide range of facilities including a spacious atrium, lounge area for enjoying the company of other residents in social and recreational activities
  • The scheme will have a restaurant and coffee shop, IT suite, library, hairdressing salon, lounges, and hobby room
  • Bracknell Forest Homes has worked  in partnership with the Council to design the scheme using the best ideas, examples and practice gathered from visits to extra care schemes nationally
  • Bracknell Forest Homes will own and manage the scheme and provide the housing support, the Council will arrange the care provision. Clement House will enable local people in their retirement to consider downsizing their property to more manageable accommodation which is still of a good size and in a high quality safe environment
  • The new scheme will allow residents to live independently with access to care and support tailored to individual requirements
  • The Clement House extra care scheme will be the first of its type in Bracknell
  • The site is near the Garth College, close to town centre and other amenities
  • Completion is expected in early 2015 and we will provide more details as the scheme progresses
  • The Council is providing £2 million towards the cost of the development and it is also providing funding for Bracknell Forest Homes to purchase homes from older people who want to buy one of the 14 apartments for sale in Clement House, so residents can take up the opportunities offered by the new scheme.

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.