Richmond Villages selects Stepnell to build Cheltenham Luxury Retirement Living Complex

Retirement living specialist Richmond Villages, part of BUPA, has appointed Stepnell to build its new luxury £20 million retirement village in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Designed by PRC Architecture and Planning, the development will create a 60-bed care home and 55 assisted living apartments in a secluded woodland setting to the rear of the Cheltenham Film and Photographic Studios in Hatherley Lane, on the western fringes of the town centre.

Our West Midlands team has just started construction work on the project which will provide much needed state-of-the-art accommodation for older residents and significantly increase the choice of care facilities locally. The new care home will provide high-quality personal, nursing and dementia care while the 55 assisted living care suites are for residents who need some assistance but wish to remain as independent as possible. The complex’s extensive communal facilities will include a restaurant, café bar, library, exercise studio, treatment rooms and hair and beauty salon.

The new development has been designed to complement and enhance its woodland setting which includes a considerable number of mature trees. The building incorporates large areas of glazing which will reflect the surroundings. Woodland walkways will enable residents to fully enjoy the natural landscape. There are also extensive garden areas within the development with rooftop garden terraces on the upper floors, including a sensory garden and raised beds and wheelchair accessible planters where residents will be able to grow their own plants. The historic woodland – some of which is in a poor condition – will be maintained and conserved by the proposals with large-scale replanting planned where trees have to be removed because of disease or to make way for the development.

“It is exciting to be starting construction of this stunning retirement living complex for Richmond Villages which will deliver exceptional facilities and accommodation made even more distinctive by the woodland setting,” says West Midlands regional director John Rawlinson. “Stepnell has a proven record of delivering outstanding care sector projects and our team are delighted to be bringing that expertise to this project and working once again with Richmond Villages to create this impressive facility.”

The development will be four storeys high stepping down to three storeys at the end of each of the main wings. The construction process will use precast piled foundations with an in situ concrete frame clad in rainscreen cladding and curtain walling with aluminium windows and doors, all fixed to an SFS internal wall system. In line with the company’s commitment to responsible and considerate construction, the Stepnell team has adapted the construction method to reduce vehicle traffic to the site and will be creating storage areas on the site access road to avoid inconvenience to neighbouring properties and businesses.

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