The company has been appointed by Rise Lodge Developments Limited to build a village designed to provide supported living to people within high quality, specially tailored homes. The care complex will create a community with extensive facilities that will include 128 apartments and nine cottages, alongside a 93-bed care home.
Willmott Dixon will be working with KWL Architects and Andrew Wilson Partnership to deliver the scheme on Rise Road in Sunninghill, which will be complete in summer 2016. It’s the largest contract for the company’s housing business this year and follows a £30 million project awarded by ISIS Waterside Regeneration in January for phase one of a regeneration by the Grand Union Canal in Brentford.
Willmott Dixon’s work in Sunninghill to create a village that will enable residents to enjoy supported living comes as a House of Lords Committee recently said the UK is “woefully underprepared” for the challenges presented by an ageing society, and that the benefits of longer life were in danger of being compromised by a “series of crises” in public services.
Charlie Scherer, chief operating officer at Willmott Dixon’s housing company said: “Latest government data tells us that by 2030, we will see a 50% rise in the number of over-65s and a doubling in over-85s. Developing new communities such as this scheme in Sunninghill creates environments in which people can enjoy their retirement years to the full, while also having support when needed.
“We have a substantial track-record in building homes that cater to the specialised needs of this very important group in our society. We’re delighted to have been chosen for this project and look forward to applying here the expertise and know-how from many years of building thousands of homes for the over 55s.”