Mayor of Yateley, Gerry Crisp, enjoyed a ground-breaking experience at Anchor's new £37 million retirement village, Hampshire Lakes, today.

Mr Crisp was the guest of honour at the official ceremony to mark the start of the foundation dig at Anchor’s newest development, Hampshire Lakes, on Sandhurst Road in Yateley.

The Mayor visited the site with Anchor’s Chief Financial Officer, David Springthorpe, and Paul Strachan, from construction company Midas, to see how the site will be turned into a retirement village with care home.

Watch our video to hear what David Springthorpe and the Mayor had to say on the day:

The development will include over a hundred assisted living, village apartments and a 36 bed care home. The mixture of housing options is designed to promote independent living whilst also ensuring residents can access the right level of support should their needs change. Hampshire Lakes retirement village was designed and created by English Care Village Partnerships, working with Anchor.

Other facilities include a restaurant, deli, juice bar, library, wellness centre and spa, fully equipped gym, craft room and treatment rooms, all in an idyllic lakeside setting in the Hampshire countryside.

Midas, one of the UK’s largest independent construction companies, won the coveted contract to build the development for Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people.  Hampshire Lakes will open in the spring of 2015.

Anchor’s Chief Financial Officer David Springthorpe said: “We are very excited that work has started on Hampshire Lakes. People will be able to make the most of living in a spectacular setting with the peace of mind that there are a range of housing and care options available to them. Hampshire Lakes is another step forward in Anchor putting solutions in place that meet its customers’ aspirations and changing needs.”

The project is the second major building scheme Midas is working on for the Anchor in the area, after beginning work earlier this year on a £7million, 72-bed care home in Southampton.

Paul Strachan, divisional director for Midas Construction, Southern region, said: “Anchor is a very successful provider of residential care and housing and we are delighted to be working closely with them again on this fantastic new project.

“Hampshire Lakes will be a stunning new development combining contemporary design with traditional architecture, and is located in a truly beautiful part of the country with a very tranquil surrounding environment.

“This is a major construction project for Midas Construction and we are looking forward to working closely with the team at Anchor to ensure the village is built to a very high standard of excellence.”

Keith Cockell, Chairman of English Care Village Partnerships, said: “My experience in the design and operation of care villages started in the late eighties.  Since then I have masterminded five villages and now a further two that are being developed and run by Anchor. The English village concept is proving to be a successful model and extremely well received by those looking for a joined up solution to getting older.”

Midas Construction’s Southern division has taken on new contracts totalling more than £46million during the first quarter of the financial year as business has boomed in the South Coast region.

Continued growth across the Southern division, which covers Southampton, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and West Sussex, has seen Midas Construction enjoy a 50 per cent increase in enquiries in this area and take on contracts including building a £9 million luxury Next store in Southampton and a £3.6million project at Port of Southampton amongst others.

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