AROUND 70 workmen and women are now building on the foundations of East Grinstead’s new retirement village, with the first apartment building, chalet bungalows and the nursing and residential home emerging.
Work is also underway to transform the centrepiece of Charters Village, Charters Towers. The arts and crafts style manor house isbeing refurbished and extended and will become the village’s central clubhouse.
Work began in earnest on the site on Felcourt Road back in September and the first properties are due for completion towards the end of next summer.
Developer Retirement Villages Ltd recently announced the names of the buildings chosen in recognition of the site’s history as an internationally renowned dance school, and its locality.
The first apartment building to be completed will be Fonteyn House, named in honour of ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn who visited the Bush Davies School. Charters Towers, the focal point of the site for more than 100 years, will retain its name. The 60 bed nursing and residential home will be known as Charters Court.
When completed Charters Village will offer more than 80 apartments, bungalows and chalet bungalows as well as the nursing and residential home. There will be a range of superb facilities with the entire village designed for the over 65s.
Charters Village Development Director David Phillips said: “We have been working on this project for several years so it’s exciting to see the buildings now, quite literally, taking shape.”
Project manager for builders Kier Construction is Rob Curtis. He said: “We are pleased with the way the build is progressing. The foundations are all now in. Over the coming weeks the walls will go up and that’s when the perspective of the village will start to be more obvious.”
A three day launch event for Charters Village is being organised for the new year, Information will be released shortly.
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