WITH work now underway at Charters Village, the names chosen for the buildings at what is the area’s newest retirement village have been revealed.
One of the key buildings has been named Bush Davies House, retaining the name of the world renowned dance school which occupied the site for much of the last century.
The importance of the site’s heritage in the ballet world has been marked with the naming of an apartment block, Fonteyn House, in memory of prima ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn who attended the opening of the school’s theatre.
Other names have been carefully selected in recognition of the site’s surroundings. The river Medway has lent its name to apartment building, Medway House, while Charters Villages’ location on Felcourt Road is marked with Felcourt House. The village’s 60 bed care home is to be known as Charters Court.
The manor house, an arts and crafts style building dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, will retain its original name Charters Towers while the road through the village has taken the name Charters Village Drive.
The village is being developed by national operator Retirement Villages. Sarah Burgess is the Sales and Marketing Director. She said: “Charters Towers has played a significant role in the history of East Grinstead for a century and our intention has always been to integrate that history as we plan the site’s future.
“The Bush Davies School is remembered fondly locally and we are pleased to be keeping the name and itsassociation with East Grinstead alive. The other names chosen reflect Charters Villages’ position in the local area.”
Building work has now started at the village. The official launch is planned for the New Year and the first residents are likely to move in next autumn.
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