Work begins on phase three of state-of-the-art retirement village

From left: Stuart Fanshaw (Seddon), Jeremy Conen (Inspired Villages), Jonathan Seddon

Work has begun at Gifford Lea retirement village, just outside Chester, to build an additional 39 retirement living apartments due to be completed in Spring 2022.

Situated in the Cheshire countryside, Gifford Lea currently offers 104 later living apartments and boasts a range of impressive facilities, which include: a wellness spa with relaxation pool, restaurant, bar, hair and beauty salon, gym, craft room and library/cinema room.

When complete, the village will offer 162 retirement properties in total.

Construction of phase three is now in progress, with contractor Seddon building a further 39 apartments, including 10 affordable homes available as shared ownership or to rent.

It will also see the creation of communal areas and landscaped gardens.

Gifford Lea has a number of measures in place that will allow visitors to find out more about life at the village, while keeping them and residents safe. These include a series of ‘walk-through’ films which can be experienced from home and safe, pre-booked property tours.

Jamie Bunce, Inspired Villages chief executive, said: “Our philosophy is centred around residents’ holistic wellbeing – looking after their physical, social, financial and mental health, whilst encouraging them to enjoy a healthy, happy and independent life.

“This year has shown how the power of community is more important than ever. Gifford Lea provides a safe, secure community for residents to form new friendships and try new activities.

“The development has already been met with high praise and we’re proud to be providing more age-appropriate housing in Cheshire, as well as central facilities that benefit both residents and, once it is safe to do so, the local community.”

He added: “This next phase marks an important point in our plans for the future of Gifford Lea, providing additional homes for an ever-increasing market, as well as continuing our commitment to environmental sustainability and we look forward to enhancing this exceptional village even further.”

Jonathan Seddon, chief executive at Seddon, said: “We’ve been involved in the previous two phases of the development of this village and we’re excited to be back for phase three.

“Inspired Villages have a great vision for what the best retirement living should both look and feel like to the communities that live there.

“Creating spaces for people to make places and create memories in is what we do best and its always great to see developments like this one come to life.”

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