Its pouring with rain outside, but it seems irrelevant as there is laughter inside. No cooking, no washing up, just a warm comforting Sunday lunch with good friends.
In only a few months our gardens have matured into luscious foilage and makes for a very pleasant stroll or gentle ponder on the garden benches.
To the back drop of beautiful Italian music you literally felt you were in a family run Italian restaurant, with meatballs, spaghetti and the classic Italian cocktail aperol spritz and our best selection of Italian wines.
Jill and Sue really got into the spirit with their gondola hats! Wonder what they for the next themed evening!
With a varied menu Robin excelled in the kitchen but it gave him a whole new appreciation for Caz who effortlessly caters all year round. No request is ignored.
To make the most of the Autumn Karen from Royal Windsor Gardens came to Castle View yesterday to advise our residents how best to make use of their pots coming into Autumn,
Free drinks and a buffet provided by the management, has become a regular feature at Castle View. You can invite friends and family to our parties that usually happen once of every 3 months or so.
It is so lovely watching friendships flourish and to be able to invite your world into your home with catering provided!
The cakes were beautiful, such an array and tasted absoultely fabulous. The mixture of friends, relatives and residents made for such a warm lively atmostphere and finished off with a tremendous raffle.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to pull this off, baking, organising and especially to our receptionist Sue Reeves who worked tirelessy getting donations for the raffle and organising stalls.
A great job all round and for such a good cause.
Joining a group is such an easy way to make friends sharing an activity. If you go every week you can just watch the friendships grow and the things they are creating are a marvel!
Many residents learnt a new skill of Irish dancing at our Irish night. As our guests of all ages taught us how to jig, skip, hop around reception at Castle View!
At Castle View, you are not just buying a smart contemporary apartment, but amazing social facilities, events, parties and a whole new group of friends and support.
Our 24 hour reception alone, provides communication and support, and dipping in and out of our many events, parties, quizzes, cocktail evenings, gin nights, gardening, crochet and yoga mean that before long, man or woman you slowly make some very satisfying friendships.
Why not come and see for yourself, if you would like to attend an event and see what Castle View has to offer get in touch 01753 378127 or email email@example.com
Lots of laughter, fun and suprises after a tough battle the quiz was won by our very own Patricia!
Well done you!
Many congratulations for winning at our inaugural Castle View Quiz. Very deserved winners.
Fancy a go ? We will hold these quizzes once a quarter, just get in touch if you fancy attending the next one - 01753 378127
Dimmed lighting, candles on the tables, flowers in hair and beautiful Spanish music tinkling in the background, for one night only the Castle View residents were transported to Spain!
With jugs of Sangria to get things going, a fantastic night was had by all.
I understand an Irish evening is planned next, better start practising my dancing!
With complimentary, prosecco, wine and beer and a marvellous buffet conjured up by our simply astonishing Catering Manager Caz Hughes, we partied into the night.
So much laughter, chatting and warmth, our community is building and solid friendships are being made.
Residents waiting to move into Castle View also came and so they are making friends before even moving in. That's what we are all about, friendship, laughter and caring.
Stuart, who is the manager of the Two Brewers, came to our summer party for it's official opening and presented to, Lisa Fisher our village manager, with our very own name plaque!
Mines a prosecco! Cheers!
A very popular display and beautiful to see all the colour and Royal flowers in full bloom.
We have worked hard to make the most of the surprisingly spacious garden that we have. It has been beautifully landscaped and which is now been displayed in these beautiful blooms. Benches and paths allow all our residents to sit, enjoy and explore the Castle View garden.
Local floral arranger, Alison Mount, came and shared her expertise with our residents and guests. Alison has arranged flowers in many prominent places including Windsor Castle. It was such a success we will definitely run this event again.
We're spending the week chatting to club members and spreading the word about Castle View
A rather special evening was held at Castle View recently, gin tasting. Our residents learnt and laughed about flavourings and cocktails to refresh their knowledge and inspire conversation!
Everyone enjoyed the views of Windsor and it's castle at our party on Friday night. The air was warm and company convivial. Nearly 50 residents, friends and family attended the first of our summer parties. It was such a success we are definitely planning more.
Filming of our residents, staff and life at Castle View has commenced!
We take pride at Castle View to keep all our facilities spick and span, there is alwasys something to be cleaned or organised. Working here is never dull.
Our guests had a suprise meeting the Owl similar to the one on our latest adverts.
Defintely an alternative approach to retirement living.
The Sky Lounge at Castle View is just one of the fabulous communal areas. It has a lounge made of glass and a rooftop bar.
Sunsets are beautiful, especially when accompanyed with your favourite tipple.
The views from the roadside apartments are spectacular and this just gives you a taste of what could be your 'everyday!'. Either from our rooftop Sky Lounge or from your apartment itself.
Similiar first class of view of Windsor Castle, this apartment spans the width of the building complete with floor to ceiling windows and an extensive wrap around balcony. It has to be seen to be believed.
Very much appreciated and we are so glad that they can see all the quality and benefits we offer.
Over 20 residents and friends arrived for a fabulous Sunday Lunch during a very successful Open Weekend.
Proving Lisa Fisher, our Village Manager, is no stranger to having fun.
We have recently acquired 14 flags and flag poles to highlight our marvellous site and Nigel, single handedly, has had the pleasure of erecting each one! Do appreciate his hard work as you drive past. I think he's managed 8 to date and the rest will follow shortly. They really do look superb and are very eye catching.
Well they certainly cheered up Lisa Fisher, Castle View's Village Manager and James Sarmecanic, our Finance Director today when the Alpaca's made a visit to our site.
66 people attended their regular U3A meeting today and many then too took advantage of a tour around Castle View.
If you would like a tour too just call 01753 378127 and book an appointment.
Again so lovely to see so many friendships being made. Everyone mingled and chatted. Our Castle View community is well underway!
None of our special occassions are complete now without Caz's special touches. Afternoon tea, fish and chip Fridays and Wednesday night suppers are now regular fixtures in our week.
Two representatives from Berkshire Birds of Prey had popped in to say hello and were quite an attraction. So popular were they, that we will definitely be organising some events with them in the future. Watch this space!
Looking forward to views of a snow laden Windsor Castle. I believe next Thursday may be the day. Watch this space.....
At least 20 residents and friends enjoyed lunch in our restaurant today. Provided scrumptiously by Caz Hughes, previously Squires Garden Centres catering manger.
Residents enjoyed, among others, leek and potato soup, ham, egg and chips and jelly and ice cream.
Enjoying ham, egg and chips, sandwiches, soup and the most amazing lemon meringue pie and sponges and custard. All washed down with some rather nice wine!!
Caz Hughes, formerly Squires Catering Manger, did us proud! Our first taster lunch a resounding success!
Castle View has a beautiful and comfortable, reception, cafe and bar and communal lounge area that greets you as soon as you walk through its doors.
Open to residents and family and friends, a lovely social and relaxed atmostphere prevails.
If you are thinking of moving or considering joining a retirement community, do book an appointment and come take a look.
Call Ruth Wilson, our Sales Manager on 01753 378127.
Why not come and take a look for yourself - we do regular Open Days and Coffee Mornings - click on the Coffee Cup on our home page for more details .....
As well as our bar & cafe on the rooftop, we have a beautiful terrace, seating and views and our multi purpose green for putting and bowling.
The Windsor & Eton bowling club, joined us yesterday on one of our Christmas Holiday Open Days and gave the green a trial run.
It got the thumbs up!
If you'd like to see it too, why not join us for our next Open Day Weekend on 12th/13th January 10am-4pm. No appointment necessary.
Decorated, catered and attended by over 40 of our residents and family and friends.
Friendships were made, Christmas cake shared and carols sung. A very very happy evening to kick of Christmas.
It wasn't just the food that entertained we had singing and Carols for everyone to join in. A very happy Christmassy atmostphere all round.
Betty was our very first resident to move into Castle View and is leading the way for all our other residents moving in during December.
There is definitely a buzz around reception these days!
If you would like to come and see, why not come on our Christmas Open Day Saturday 29th December 10am-4pm. No appointment necessary, just pop in and we'll be running tours all day.
Take a look at reception. Hidden away snugs, sumptions sofas and plentiful dining areas can be found in Castle View's communal lounge, restaurant and 24 hour reception. To come and look book an appointment with Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127.
A quiet room, with strong morning sun, patio doors and comfy furniture. For peace, concentration and relaxation the library is a refuge.
To come and see for yourself call Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127
For privacy and exclusivity our private dining room can be booked for those family and friends occasions that might not be appropriate in your apartment.
Castle View can also provide catering, as well as beautiful dining facilities.
To come and see for yourself call Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127 to book an appointment.
Castle View is finished bar the communal carpets and so many people noticed our attention to detail and quality of our finishes.
The weather also provided a theatrical performance from glorious sunhsine, torrential rain and finished with a beautiful rainbow over Windsor Castle that was lit up by the sun! Seen by all from our communal Sky Lounge and Terrace.
If you would like to see whats happening at Castle View call Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127 to make an appointment to view.
The Castle View community is forming with regular social events and we kicked it all with a birds eye view of the Legoland Fireworks. Clutching cups of hot tastey leak and potato soup by our catering manger Caz Hughes, and mopping things up with homemade cake and jam, we all enjoyed the evening immensely.
If you're considering living at Castle View there will be regular gentle social activities so you will know a few familiar faces before you even move in.
To find out more call Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127
Here's a sneaky preveiw of the Castle View bowling green. Not only do you get panoramic views of Windsor, a bar, lounge, outdoor terraces - but also you can relax with a bit of bowling!
Fancy taking a look ? Call Ruth Wilson now on 01753 378127 to make an appointment.
A reserved resident described our Sky Lounge as 'a place to lift your spirits' yesterday as we looked at the furniture for the first time.
Not only does look good, but it has be designed to be exceptionally comfortable with great back support and slightly higher than normal to make getting up and down that much easier.
Come and try it for yourself call me Ruth Wilson 01753 378127 to make an appointment.
One of the only building projects of this size to complete on time in the UK. We are very proud of announcing Castle View's project completion.
Here is one of the first pictures of the main door. To come and see for yourself book an appointment and call Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127.
Everything is coming to life at Castle View. The planting, the wall paper, the bar are all having their final touches.
After a 2 year build, Castle View is opening right on schedule, a unique acheivement of a development this size in the UK. A testament to the strength of the team, tight communication and good leadership.
If you've wondered what it is like at Castle View, why don't you come and take a look ?
Come and see for yourself call to book an appointment 01753 378127
The Sky Lounge at Castle View is a really unique communal area. Made mostly of glass, the lounge area provides fantatic views day and night.
Combined with decking terraces and rattan furniture and sun shades it means that rarely seen views of St Leonards Hill and Windsor Castle are available to everyone at Castle View.
The views need to be seen to be believed. Why not book an appointment now ?
In a long building project like this it always seems that the really fun bits go in last!
If you would like to see Castle View completed why not book an make an appointment ? I will be on site from 10am-2pm Tues-Thurs from 30th October.
If you would like to book or for more information call Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127
Over the course of the 2 year build of Castle View, we have needed various specialist contracting work such as cabling, cement laying and fitting out. As each genre completes, the Castle View Management have thrown them a thank you farewell lunch. As we march to completion the final lunch was no exception.
Robin Hughes, CEO of Castle Retirement Living Ltd, arranged for the famous Windsor Prima Donner Kebab van to serve approx 100 kebabs this lunchtime. One of the workmen was overheard to say they will miss working on Castle View as they have never been looked after so well!
At Castle View we offer communal wifi, video phones, CCTV and high security throughout the building.
Our IT team made one of their final visits today and of course took the opportunity to take in the fantastic view from the Sky Lounge.
Nothing is left to chance and even the smallest snag is catered for, so regular checks on progress are made and dealt with.
If you would like to come to see Castle View why not come to one of our coffee mornings ? There is one on every Thursday in October (except 25th Oct - our completion day). Just report to Windsor Tennis Club at 11am.
To book call Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127
Castle View is really taking shape and we were able to visit the reception area, Sky Lounge as well our show apartments.
The weather was amazing, the view from the Sky Lounge simply sparkled. We caught a few visitors on camera, here they are on the roof, standing on our newly laid tiles.
Finishing at 6pm meant that Lisa, Castle View Village Manager and the team were able to watch the sun go down on a beautiful September day.
These are not easy to see as a passer by so I caught a shot of it on one of my tours. If you would like to come and see it for yourself come one of our coffee mornings.
They are held most Thursdays at 11.00am at Windsor Tennis Club, call to check availability - 01753 378127.
We have now 36% of apartments reserved off plan, a very healthy start but it also means we have 64% to choose from, so why not come and take a look. All very near completion.
First residents move in 7th November. If you reserved now - you could be in by Christmas!
The final touches are going down and you can see the brand new tiles being laid. These will mix with decking on the roof top terraces, which will be adorned with contemporary planters, rattan furniture and umbrella shades.
Perfect for socialising or taking a quiet moment to read the paper on a beautiful day.
If you would to take a look yourself, come to our Open Day this Saturday 29th September. From 10am-6pm we will be taking tours all around Castle View. Just report to Windsor Tennis Club at your leisure and join the next tour.
Not only does every aparatment have built in wardrobes, a utility cupboard and a store cupboard we have commissioned custom made storage units to be fitted in our oversized car park!
They are strong, secure and incredibly roomy for all those bits and pieces you may normally put in an attic. Christmas decorations, suitcases etc.
We will have a range of sizes and prices and storage units are available to purchase.
The very expensive, no maintenance required, decking is being laid. It looks fantastic and will complemented by carefully selected paving and planters. Think rattan furniture and umbrellas and 360 panoramic view of Windsor. What more could you need on a sunny autumn day.
If you want to come and see for yourself come take a look on our Open Day Saturday 29th September 2018. We will be taking tours on site all day from10am-6pm, just report to Windsor Tennis Club.
The library is a quiet room to be involved but also to be quiet and read the paper, or a book. It has floor to celing glass doors that can opened out onto an outside area on warmer days.
Castle View is still on schedule for opeing on 25th October 2018 and the fitting out is going on a pace. The reception area, bar and lounge area are really coming on. If you would like to come and see progress why not come along to our Open Day on 29th September 2018. We are taking tours on site all day from10am-6pm just report to the Tennis Club.
As Castle View enters its final gallop, all our reserved residents were invited to view their apartments, some for the first time.
There was a lot of excitement. There is still much activity on site, so hard hats, high viz and big boots had to be donned but we managed to get to all floors and spend an hour or so taking vital measurements between plug sockets etc, determining where pieces of furniture new or existing will fit.
Castle View is still on schedue to open on 25th October 2018.
At last, our personal Drone shot, reveals the first glimpses of the final look of Castle View. Matching the CGI images we have been working with for so long, the first glimpses of Castle View are impressive.
Right on schedule to open this Autumn, we expect our first residents to be moving in from 7th November.
If you think the outside is impressive, call to book to see our show apartments and take a look at the inside - 01753 378127
We took tours on site all day long and the response was resoundingly positive.
Castle View came alive with local residents visiting our show apartments and rooftop, complete with our guest bagpipest Alistair to create a very regal atmosphere.
It was so successful we will definitely be planning another one so watch this space for details.
The weather was fantastic and Alistair brought an unusual musical interlude to the building site. Giving us renditions of well known tunes such as Scotland the Brave and Amazing Grace and he also took a few requests.
With the lifts now working, visitors were taken to the rooftop in seconds and many for the first time, saw the privileged and rarely seen views of Windsor Castle from our Sky Lounge.
And of course some of them have already been reserved. Robin Hughes, CEO Castle Retirement Living, took some of the first residents round to 'try out' their new apartments!
All were thrilled with the finished article!
On Saturday 23rd June from 10am-5.30pm no appointment is necessary. Ypu just report to Windsor Tennis Club at your convenience and we will taking escorted tours on site all day long.
There are four apartments to see, one bed, two bed and three bedroomed. All with slightly different layouts and aspects. They really show off what life will be like at Castle View.
If you've been driving past for years and wondered what it is all about, then now is the time to satisfy your curiosity. Come and take a look and see what has gone on behind the hoardings all these years.
The project is still right on schedule and due to open Autumn 2018. This is down to our dedicated workmen of Castle Oak working to a very high standard and to good communication. Any snags have been ironed out ahead of time and issues openly discussed to give a calm, measured and quantifiable approach to building Castle View.
120 men joined us for chicken curry and rice to celebrate our progress so far and to thank them for all their dedication. We were situated on the roof top adjacent to the Sky Lounge, taking in the view of Windsor.
Robin Hughes, CEO, Castle Retirment Living, awarded prizes for some of the most unusual achievements. From laying over 80 miles of cabling, to some deoderant for the project manager who walks 11 miles around the site every day checking progress!!
Lots of laughter, smiles and applause. A good day.
They have done a magnificent job and our hoardings now display the pictures of the finalists. Remember they are all under 11 years old!
Fantastic work - let's hope Harry and Meghan get a glimpse of them!!
As usual getting right involved in the community is Castle View's style and what better way than to get stuck in at Windsor and Eton Bowling Club.
As you can see from the pictures,Castle View provided this brand new scoreboards which should remain in the club for many years.
If you're a member of the bowling club and fancy seeing what Castle View is all about why not come to our Open Day on Saturday 23rd June. The site will be open all day to view our show apartments. Tours of the site start from Windsor Tennis Club right next door to the site.
For more information call Ruth Wilson 01753 378127
The challenge was to create an image to celebrate Meghan and Harry's wedding. We received dozens of entries and the standard was very high.
After much deliberation the Castle View Management Team selected a small number for deliberation. This small selection will be displayed on the hoarding around the site. A prime position as people move in and out of Windsor.
We particularly liked Rayyans use of colour and very bold and clear representation of Meghan and Harry, very accurate portraits.
Well done to all of the children at Clewer Green - you did yourselves proud.
And in the glorious sunshine, no meeting is complete without taking the magnificant views from the rooftop and Sky Lounge.
Castle View will be open all day 10am - 6pm on Saturday 23rd June - with four amazing show apartments to see. For the first time the lifts will be working and access will be easy to the site.
No need to book, just park at Windsor Tennis Club and walk to the site, we will look after you from there and you can come and discover what Castle View is all about.
For more information contact Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes carpets, lights heating, kitchens, bathrooms, carpets it looks just fabulous and is a great indicator of whats to come. Our two coffee mornings are Thursday 26th April and Thursday 23rd May 11am at Windsor Tennis Club.
To book your place call 01753 378127
Book on to the next coffee morning and come and take a look yourself!
The next two are:
Thursday 26th April and Thursday 23rd May at 11am at Windsor Tennis Club.
Book now on 01753 378127.
They are raised to facilitate less bending over and more storage in the form of the laundry baskets underneath.
The fires are electric and produce that lovely real fire effect.
The girls have been invited to take shots of Windsor, buildings, people, action shots, lifestyle, artistic angles etc. The winner's picture will be framed and displayed in Castle View when we open in October.
Lisa also spent time explaining the project and progress at Castle View. All the girls will be invited to come on site in the summer to see for themselves the retirement village unfolding and give their verdict on our fabulous show apartments.
In the meantime we can't wait to see their interpretation of Windsor life through their photos. Good luck girls!
Castle View happens to be directly on the flight path in and out of Heathrow. Castle View's Sky Lounge gives an entusiast an amazing vantage point. Airport Spotting think so clink on their link to find out more ......
Despite the unclement conditions on Shrove Tuesday, the Castle View Sales Team braved the weather messing up their hair and donned cartoon housewife attire to take part in Windsor's Annual Pancake Race.
We very nearly got through to the final, but just got pipped at the post. It was a photo finish.
Still we got our photo in the papers so it wasn't all bad!
Last week, potential residents were treated to the CEO of Castle Retirement Living, Robin Hughes and our Financial Director James Sarmencanic, getting involved at Windsor Waitrose. Chatting to local residents about Castle View and living in Windsor.
If you see us around and want some answers then the top management are usually not too far away!
Come and say hello and give us some feedback
We don't want to just serve any old food we want to serve the food that you want to eat, at prices you want to pay.
To make sure we get it right, some volunteers from Windsor Boys School, as part of a wider school project, have designed a questionnaire for our potential residents. You will see them out and about in Windsor collecting information about your favourite meals. Do stop and chat to them if you see them.
The scaffolding will start to come now in sections and is due to be completely clear in March.
It is looking fabulous and just like the all the architects pictures and CGI's that we've worked with for so long. This picture shows the care home nearest to the road and roundabout. The independent living apartments are nearer the tennis club, away from the road.
We're definitely on our home run and still on schedule to open Oct 2018.
If you're interested in Castle View why not come to one of our coffee mornings ? For more details for dates available click on the coffee mug on the home page.
Potential residents enjoyed a site visit and the rooftop views at Castle View. Don't look up the crane is passing overhead!
Site visits are exciting at Castle View as progress is rapid, but it is a working site and building work is going on around us. Thought it might be interesting to see an action shot with the crane in full view overhead.
We had a beautiful day for the rooftops views. The Sky Lounge is already beginning to come into its own.
If you fancy coming to the next site visit, join us Thursday 22nd February 11am Windsor Tennis Club.
Sky Lounge blooming!
There's a buzz happening around Castle View. So many interested people came in January, we were worried about losing them on our site tour!.
If you've been before and want to see how Castle View is progressing, book in to our next coffee morning.
If you've driven past and wondered what is going on behind the hoardings, come to our coffee morning and take a look!
More importantly if you are considering a move, either downsizing or upgrading for a fabulous retirement, call me. The coffee mornings are a good start to see if Castle View is for you!
I've included some pictures of the last one to give you the general idea!
Customer Care and Reservations Manager
Come and join a vibrant community at Windsors newest retirment village.
Coffee mornings are held at our marketing suite at Windsor Tennis Club. We will run through all we offer and usually are able to visit the site.
The next coffee morning is 11am Thursday 25th January.
Just drop me a line or call if you can attend and I will fill you in on all the details,
Customer Care and Reservations Manager
It has been a monumental 12 months from all the team involved with Castle View, which opens in less than 11 months time.
Thankfully just a dummy to be rescued!
Lisa checking the crane is in the correct position.
The crane in operation, on it's way up ...... and down.
All smiles after a successful operation!
The Contractors arrive.
Everyone is served at double quick speed.
The chilli is kept hot in both meanings of the word.
The catering arrives and leaves by skip! That must be a first ?
Digging into mince pies.
The management keeping an eye on the operation.
Carlie from Horlers pitched in to help prepare, serve and clear up! Thank you Carlie.
The Bathrooms are starting to go in!
Heating, wiring and walls - it's all progressing!
Underfloor heating, for the ground floor apartments, being laid.
Sneaky peak inside an apartment
The corridor of ground floor apartments, running just off reception.
You will see from the outside that the windows are being fitted and brickwork is starting to appear. But there is equal activity going on inside.
Partition walls are being erected and we took the first resident to her apartment last week, where she could actually walk into all her rooms and balcony. The very first stages of bathroom fitting are also underway. This photo is a picture of a corridor leading to apartments.
If you are interested in Castle View and would like to know more we are holding an afternoon tea and site visit on Weds 6th Dec 3pm. For more details please contact Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127 or email@example.com.
This picture was taken on a typically grey autumnal day and it still takes your breath away.
If you are interested in Castle View and would like to see the view for yourself, we do organise site tours. If you would like to find out when the next site tour is please contact Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We met so many residents who knew about Castle View simply from driving past the site for so many years or living near it!, it was lovely to chat about the development and spread the word of exactly what is going on!
If you are interested in Castle View and would like to know more why don't you attend one of our regular coffee mornings ? For more information please contact Ruth Wilson on 01753 378127 or email@example.com.
This Saturday Horlers and Castle Retirement Living took Castle View to the residents of Windsor and spent Saturday in Tescos!.
It was lovely meeting old friends and making new one. We generated a lot of interest and feedback. We hope to do more like this, so if you see us don't be shy, come and say 'hello'!
Next coffee morning to find out more about Castle View is Friday 17th November 2017, 11am Windsor Tennis Club.
Castle Retirement Living is putting safety first at its flagship development – Castle View Windsor – by investing in a fire strategy which exceeds all legal requirements. The move follows the recent fining of a retirement home operator for failing health and safety measures after a fatal fire and the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.
Due for completion in October 2018, the new urban retirement village in the heart of Windsor will have a multi-faceted, fire safety strategy to ensure resident welfare goes beyond legal requirements. This will afford greater protection for the 64 homes for the over 55s including 20 one bedroom, 40 two bedroom and 4 three bedroom apartments, together with an additional 72 bed care home.
Additional fire prevention investment includes installing automatic sprinklers in all corridors, in addition to smoke and heat detectors in each apartment, all linked to a central fire detection centre with 24-hour managed attendance in all buildings. Castle View Windsor has also been built with a more expensive concrete frame across its structure for greater fire resistance, while fire resistant cladding will meet all the latest compliance requirements.
Further measures throughout the development will include an active escape policy with three main escape stairwells, and all apartments will also have generous balconies accessible to fire appliance ladders.
Under pinning the safety-first strategy is also a development-wide No Smoking policy which was announced by Castle Retirement Living to not only create a more pleasant environment for residents, but also in response to advice issued by the London Fire Brigade last October; this recommended no smoking at all in care homes – in 2016 alone it identified 120 care homes in London caught fire accidentally.
Castle View Windsor will offer some of the most spectacular castle views in town from its own rooftop sky lounge, bar and garden terrace. One of the largest and most innovative urban retirement villages in the UK, the development will also offer secure underground parking, a café and restaurant.
Comments Robin Hughes, Managing Director, Castle Retirement Living and a local Windsorian: “With not only my parents due to be amongst our first residents, all safety is of a paramount importance to me. The recommendations from the Grenfell tragedy will take time and I want our building to lead the way in fire safety so we have taken the decision to put sprinklers in all corridors and common areas for our apartments.
“By making the decision now – 13 months before we open, we assure all residents of the very best thinking in fire safety – even though we are a low rise building with every apartment having a balcony accessible by the fire brigade. I believe our investment in our fire safety strategy will make it one of the most protected retirement developments nationwide."
“Whilst our No Smoking policy has not yet proven to be legally enforceable as homes and residential care homes are currently exempt from smoke-free legislation, we have found all our 14 reservees to date extremely supportive and committed to our initiative.”
Set in three acres in beautifully landscaped grounds, all floors in the apartment building will be accessible from the basement car park, offering futureproof independent living alongside the care home. Each contemporary living apartment which will range in size from 605 sq ft to 1,115 sq ft, will have its own private entrance.
Situated next door to Windsor Lawn Tennis Club (with lifetime membership included for all apartment residents), prices in the current second phase release of Castle View Windsor range from £375,000- £750,000.
All residents will be able to choose from a range of assisted living services as required and a separate dedicated care home operated by Care UK will provide 24-hour nursing and dementia care complete with generous rooms and facilities.
For further information about Castle View Windsor, please call 01753 378127
or visit www.castleviewwindsor.co.uk while latest building progress at the development can be viewed at http://www.castleviewwindsor.co.uk/follow-our-progress
About Castle Retirement Living
Castle Retirement Living will build and retain the completed Castle View Windsor and run the operational business. The £35m funding comprises £25m debt and £10m from a consortium of pension fund investors backing the care home and was secured by Retirement and Care Village Partners under its Castle Retirement Living brand.
Windsor site - June / July
Sales Team, Castle View, Horler's and Savills - up on the roof!
Images from the build progress in May 2017
We are carrying out regular aerial photography as the Castle View Windsor development progresses, so that you can keep in touch with the project. You will be able to see the progress of the ground works over the next few months.
Please follow our progress on our web page
The demolition programme and clearing of the Castle View Windsor site have now been completed. This allows the construction project to commence.
The first stage will be sheet piling, to allow excavation of the basement car park. Steel sheet piles, with interlocking edges are installed in sequence to design depth, around the perimeter of the car park area, to allow the central area of soil to be removed.
We are delighted that the construction of the Castle View Windsor Retirement Village is now underway, and will be posting regular updates as it progresses.
Only four weeks after work started, the Windsor Squash Club has been demolished.
The site is now being cleared so the ground works for the Castle View Windsor Retirement Village can commence. Castle View Windsor will provide 130 new homes and is split into two parts:
The Castle View Windsor retirement village will open in October 2018.
Demolition work has started on the site at Helston Lane, Windsor, Berkshire, to prepare for the construction of the Castle View Windsor Retirement Village.
The remaining buildings and trees are being removed from the site, and hoardings will be erected around the area. Observation windows in the hoardings will enable local residents to observe the project as it progresses.
The construction programme will take 2 years and, at its peak, will employ about 150 skilled tradesmen on site each day. Our main contractor, Castleoak, will be keen to talk to local tradesmen as we gear up to the main build in Q4 this year.
Castle View Windsor will open in October 2018.
The Castle View Windsor development timeline has now been finalised. The building contract was signed with Castleoak, the specialist care and retirement housing builder, on 25th July 2016.
Demolition of the squash club on the Helston Lane site is expected to take place in October, following building surveys, and the foundations of the old charity buildings will also be removed.
Construction of Castle View Windsor will then start and will be completed by 25th October 2018.
Robin Hughes, CEO of Retirement and Care Village Partners Ltd commented: "I am delighted that the building of Castle View Windsor is about to commence. The 58 independent living apartments will provide accommodation for the over 55s in a warm, friendly neighbourhood with like-minded residents."
Picture shows Robin Hughes shaking hands with Simon Greenstreet, Customer Partnerships Director Castleoak, on signing the Windsor contract.
The Windsor Club, on the Castle View Windsor site at Helston Lane, closed on 30th June 2016. The site will shortly be hoarded to make it secure, so that preparation work for the demolition of the existing buildings can commence.
Once this is complete, the construction of Castle View Windsor will commence. The new development will comprise 58 independent living apartments for the over 55s and a 72 bed care home. The accomodation will provide new homes for approximately 150 residents in the Royal Borough, who need a little extra help in later life, with peace of mind that their needs can be met in a warm, friendly environment with like-minded neighbours.
Picture shows Robin Hughes (centre) Chief Executive of Castle Retirement Living, the developers of Castle View Windsor, at the closure of the Windsor Club.
Castle Retirement Living, developer of the Castle View Windsor retirement village in Windsor, has celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a competition run with Clewer Green CE First School. Pupils from all years created a piece of art to commemorate the Queen’s Birthday. Finalists from each age group were selected and the prizes of Daniel Gift Vouchers were presented by Mrs Daniel at the school last week.
Robin Hughes, Chief Executive of Castle Retirement Living, commented: “We were delighted that so many children participated in the competition, and there were many great entries. Daniel’s toy department is to Windsor like Hamleys is to Regent Street, so we were very pleased that Mrs Daniel was able to judge the art and present the gift voucher prizes to the 20 finalists. The hoardings will be erected on the remainder of the Castle View Windsor site shortly, and the children’s artwork will be displayed on them for everyone to see.”
Closure of the squash club on 30th June, and subsequent demolition, will allow commencement of the development in Helston Lane, Windsor during the autumn, with the construction expected to take 2 years. The scheme, which comprises a 72 bed care home and 58 retirement apartments, is one of the largest urban care village projects in the UK.
Picture shows Mrs Daniel, Robin Hughes and prize winning pupils.
The sewer diversion under the Castle View Windsor site is progressing well, with the contractor in advance of the schedule. The work is expected to be complete in April and the next stage of the site work will then commence.
The construction of Castle View Windsor is expected to start in autumn 2016. The work will take approximately 2 years, with the apartments ready for occupancy in autumn 2018.
The first phase of the independent living apartments is released for sale. 8 apartments have been reserved, and 2 further apartments are available for reservation before the phase is closed.
We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter.
Britain’s population of over-65s is expected to grow four times faster than the general population over the next five years, resulting in greater demand for retirement housing. Most people looking to downsize in their retirement say they would prefer to remain in their existing neighbourhood, but possibilities vary, with many of the large existing retirement villages being in very rural locations.
Owner-occupied retirement housing represents just 2 per cent of Britain’s total housing stock, according to Michael Ball, Professor of Urban and Property Economics at Henley Business School. This pales in comparison with the US (17 per cent, according to a 2011 study) or Australia and New Zealand (13 per cent). Despite this, only about 1 per cent of total private sector housing construction today is for the elderly.
The lack of suitable homes is not for lack of demand. Census data from 2011 shows that three quarters of Britons aged 65 or over, roughly 6.5 million, are owner-occupiers, 72 percent of whom have at least three bedrooms. Many of these will have more space than they can use. With housing in tight supply, new retirement villages being built release valuable family homes into the market.
More investor capital is now entering the retirement sector, allowing specialist developers to build bespoke housing in varied locations. As these are completed, people should find possibilities suited to their needs.
The work to divert the sewer that runs beneath the Castle View Windsor site has commenced. The work is expected to take several months, as the sewer is approximately 4 metres below the ground.
Once the diversion is complete, construction of Castle View Windsor will commence, and it is expected that this will be in October 2016. The work is expected to take 2 years, with the apartments ready for occupancy in autumn 2018.
The first phase of the independent living apartments is released for sale. 8 apartments have been reserved, and 2 further apartments are available for reservation before the phase is closed.
Further phases of apartments will be released for sale as the development progresses.
The British Red Cross and Mencap charities moved out of their buildings on the Castle View site at the end of last year, and will occupy temporary accommodation until their new premises are finished. The demolition of the buildings is now complete, and will allow further construction work to commence.
The Clarence Road roundabout section of the site is now hoarded, and the graphics include information on the development as well as entries into the first of a planned series of Windsor school's art competitions.
A national launch event for the new Castle View retirement village was held recently, giving prospective purchasers an insight into the development, and the opportunity to experience the spectacular views of Windsor that will be available once completed.
As well as discussing the plans, viewing the architects drawings and seeing a scale model of the development, visitors were able to go up on a lift to experience the views towards Windsor Castle and the surrounding area that will be seen from the roof terrace once completed.
Castle View Windsor is being developed by Castle Retirement Living, with the village expected to be ready for occupation in 2018. More than a third of the first phase release of apartments have already been reserved.
Robin Hughes, Chief Executive of Castle Retirement Living commented, "Windsor is a highly desirable place to live, and Castle View will provide extremely high-quality retirement homes for those looking to downsize in their later years."
A recent Daily Telegraph list of Britain's best councils as put the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead at number 12. Low community charges, excellent amenities and an advantage-card discount system are all cited as contributing to the ranking.
"The borough does not just have some of the lowest community charges in the UK, it runs an excellent advantage-card system. This enables local residents to get discounts on parking and other services, as well as gaining free admission to Windsor Castle," says Teresa Jackson of Hamptons International.