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PRP appointed on Retirement Villages Group’s first urban living scheme

By PRP – 1 July 2020

PRP has been appointed by Retirement Villages Group (RVG) as the lead architect on a major retirement living scheme in the centre of West Byfleet, Surrey. The proposed development is RVG’s first retirement living scheme set in a central, urban location.

The proposed development is set to be a catalyst for change for West Byfleet through its attractive central location and easy access to the train station and the high street’s many amenities on offer which include a major supermarket, a health centre, a church and community space, independent shops and restaurants as well as access to open spaces.

As part of the project, PRP’s 30-strong later-living team will create a new public square for the community, around 200 later-living apartments, outdoor spaces such as podium gardens and roof terraces as well as a restaurant, a bar and a bistro, a wellbeing and therapy centre and allocated units for independent retailers.

Local consultation will be key in ensuring that the proposed development meets the community’s aspirations, in particular when it comes to the replacement of the existing library and improvements to the public realm. Construction is targeted for early 2021 with PRP having been appointed to deliver a full service up to completion.

Anne-Marie Nicholson, Partner at PRP said: “We are thrilled to be the lead architect on this pioneering development for RVG at West Byfleet. It is really exciting to be involved at the start of the launch of this format for our client. This high-street focussed scheme realises our hopes, and those of many, of locating high-quality housing for older people right in the heart of a vibrant part of town, providing additional and more targeted retail and restaurant offerings for residents.”

“Housing choice is what we all want, particularly as we think of our last move. This is even more exciting when the objective is to revitalise our town centres bringing activity and a buzz to the shops and restaurants, helping to keep small business open and communities strong.”

This latest appointment builds on PRP’s leading expertise in the design of high-quality housing and care options for older people across the country. This includes pioneering intergenerational housing schemes Oakfield in Swindon and Limelight in Old Trafford.

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Image credit

Retirement Villages Group & Glenn Howells Architects

Notes to editor

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