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Boughton Heath, Chester

Developments in West Byfleet and Chester lead Retirement Villages’ ambitious £2 billion urban-building programme

Two retirement communities in town centres are set to become part of a new-generation of 40 later-living communities planned by specialist operator Retirement Villages.

Work to transform an empty office building at West Byfleet, Surrey, into a luxury retirement community will begin this summer.

The development will replace a 1960s office block and shopping precinct with 195 apartments designed for retirement living.

The ‘village’ will combine a range of shared facilities for multi-generational use, as well as new shops, a wellness centre and community space centred around a village square.

The second site is an urban development of 147 retirement properties to buy or rent in Boughton Heath in Chester.

This will be RVG’s first village in the North West and construction will start this summer.

Located 10 minutes from the city centre, the site (pictured above) is next to a park-and-ride service, providing a direct link to the centre.

West Byfleet

Will Bax, CEO of RVG, which operates some 16 retirement villages all over the country, said: “West Byfleet and Chester will be a new breed of urban, inclusive and design-led retirement schemes for the benefit of the over 65s and the wider community.

“We have a huge opportunity to transform the later living landscape in the UK and hope to secure many more sites like these over the next decade.”

RVG is moving towards creating schemes that are open and integrated with local communities

“The current options for people looking to downsize are not good enough.

“We want to change that by putting older people back at the heart of our communities and build homes that enable them to live rich, connected lives safe in the knowledge that support is available when, but not before, they need it.”

RVG’s target locations focus on well-connected sites in or on the edge of existing town and city centres, enabling people to remain close to families, friends and their existing communities, whilst also adding new amenities and services that create value for everyone.”