30 Apr 2013
Mayor’s ground-breaking experience at Bishopstoke Park
Eastleigh’s Mayor Rupert Kyrle has had a ground-breaking experience at a site being developed for Anchor's flagship retirement village.
Mr Kyrle and Mayoress Karen Kyrle were guests of honour at the official ceremony, marking the start of the digging of the foundations at Anchor’s newest development Bishopstoke Park on The Mount site in Church Road today.
The Mayor climbed into one of the diggers on the site to get an elevated view of how the site will be turned into a village with retirement housing and a care home.
The retirement village will feature about 170 properties and a care home for 48 residents.
Other facilities onsite are a state-of-the art wellness centre with swimming pool, gym and spa, beauty salon, bistro and delicatessen, and a library. The site is in a beautiful setting with tranquil woodlands and manicured gardens. Parts of the 32-acre site will be turned into raised flower beds for the residents. Anchor’s Chief Financial Officer David Springthorpe said: “We are very excited that work has started on our first retirement village which incorporates a care home.
“Anchor has 45 years’ experience providing services for older people. We run about 100 care homes, including the award winning West Hall in Surrey, and 900 retirement properties across England so we are looking forward to bringing this experience to Bishopstoke Park.
“The retirement village will be one of Anchor’s flagship developments and represents a major investment in our portfolio, and another step forward in Anchor putting solutions in place that meet its customers’ aspirations and changing needs.”
Bishopstoke Park was originally farmland which was converted into a house and grounds in 1870 before being transformed into a small hospital in the 20th Century. Work on the village site is due to finish in June next year.
David Issott, Deputy Managing Director of Willmott Dixon, which is building the retirement village said the company was delighted to have been selected to deliver this project.
He said: “We have a substantial track-record in building homes that cater to the specialised needs of this important group in our society and look forward to applying the expertise and know-how from many years of building thousands of homes for the over 55s.
“Developing new communities for older people such as Bishopstoke Park is critical: a House of Lords committee recently stated the UK is “woefully underprepared” for the challenges presented by an ageing society; and the latest government data suggested there will be a 50% rise in the number of over-65s and a doubling in over-85s by 2030.
“We will be developing buildings and environments in which people can enjoy their retirement years to the full, while also having support when needed.”