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Safety first - at Castle View Windsor Retirement Village

Safety first - at Castle View Windsor Retirement Village

25-09-2017

  • Safety measures will exceed legal requirements
  • Sprinklers throughout all communal areas
  • Smoke and heat detectors in every apartment
  • Buildings managed with 24/7 attendance
  • No Smoking development-wide policy

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

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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.

Horler's agents checking out progress on the roof!

Horler's agents checking out progress on the roof!

13-07-2017

June / July progress update

June / July progress update

10-07-2017

Windsor site - June / July

Up on the roof

Up on the roof

03-07-2017

Sales Team, Castle View, Horler's and Savills - up on the roof!

Directors visit before the April board meeting

Directors visit before the April board meeting

16-06-2017

Robin Hughes and Retirement Village legend Kevin Hickman inspect progress and the Castle VIews

Robin Hughes and Retirement Village legend Kevin Hickman inspect progress and the Castle VIews

16-06-2017

Windsor Site May 2017

Windsor Site May 2017

25-05-2017

Images from the build progress in May 2017

Follow construction progress at Castle View Windsor

Follow construction progress at Castle View Windsor

14-02-2017

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

 

 

 

 

Castle View Windsor Site Cleared

Castle View Windsor Site Cleared

28-10-2016

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.

Windsor Squash Club Demolished

Windsor Squash Club Demolished

14-10-2016

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:

  • 58 Independent Living apartments available to purchase for the over 55s, with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. Residents will enjoy communal facilities including a restaurant/cafe, residents lounge, roof terrace and bar. Regular social events will help to build a thriving community.
  • Adjoining the apartments is a top specification 72 bed care home, which will provide first class facilities for those with a greater care need, as well as enabling residents in the apartments to enjoy additional help and qualified care if required. 

The Castle View Windsor retirement village will open in October 2018.

Start of Demolition

Start of Demolition

22-09-2016

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.

Castle View Windsor Construction Timeline

Castle View Windsor Construction Timeline

01-08-2016

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.

Windsor Club Closure

Windsor Club Closure

06-07-2016

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 celebrates the Queen's 90th Birthday with local school

Castle Retirement Living celebrates the Queen's 90th Birthday with local school

13-05-2016

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.

Castle View Windsor Easter Update

Castle View Windsor Easter Update

24-03-2016

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.

 

 

 

Retirement Housing

Retirement Housing

06-02-2016

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.

Castle View Windsor Update

Castle View Windsor Update

19-01-2016

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.

Castle View Windsor: Demolition Programme Commences

Castle View Windsor: Demolition Programme Commences

24-02-2015

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.

Castle View Windsor National Launch Weekend

Castle View Windsor National Launch Weekend

23-10-2014

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."

Living in Windsor

Living in Windsor

13-10-2014

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.

 

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