Princely support for Sunninghill care village
Published: 6 Oct 2013 12:300 comments
Prince Michael of Kent visited Lynwood Village in Rise Road to lay the foundation stone, which will form part of the site.
The state-of-the-art development, which will be owned and operated by automotive industry charity BEN, will replace the existing care centre in Rise Road. It will feature high-quality apartments and cottages to replace the current centre, which has been in place since the 1960s.
The 20-acre site will feature 174 luxury retirement properties and a 93-bed residential care centre along with several different amenities.
It will incorporate all the best care and practices from the old centre but bring them in to a modern setting, with the on-site care centre also servicing property owners in the village.
The prince was led round the site along with Royal Borough mayor Andrew Jenner and mayoress Julia Jenner during his visit on September 23.
They were shown a scale model of the whole development before talking to senior managers of BEN and construction firm Willmott Dixon Housing about the plans.
The prince then laid the foundation stone of the new care centre with a silver trowel engraved with the date of the occasion.
David Main, chief executive of BEN, said: “It was a great honour to welcome Prince Michael of Kent to Lynwood Village, and a moment of great pride when he laid the foundation stone.
“A Royal visit was also a great way to say a big thank- you to the many people who have worked extremely hard to bring us to this point.
“Lynwood Village is incredibly important to Berkshire. The development will provide a safe and caring environment for many people in later life, allowing people to spend their retirement near friends and families as well as attracting new residents to the area.”
Prince Michael joined 40 other guests for lunch, where he cut a cake to mark the occasion and was also presented with a book outlining the charity’s 100-year history.
BEN was given the go-ahead for the development last year, with phase one expected to be completed by October 2014 and the whole site set for completion in July 2016. An open event was held from Friday to Monday to allow people interested in moving into the village to take a look at the plans and see the site.