A major construction milestone has been reached at the former RAF Uxbridge site in West London. Higgins Partnerships and Anchor celebrated reaching the highest point of the project with a traditional topping out ceremony by laying a brick at the highest point of the building.
The £21 million retirement community development at St Andrews Park will consist of 72 one and two bedroom apartments offering home ownership and independent living with communal spaces such as lounge, bistro, health and wellness suites, guest accommodation and staff rooms. There will also be above and below ground car parking and landscaping.
Phil Burrows, Construction Director of Higgins Partnerships said, “We are delighted to be joined by Anchor to celebrate reaching this milestone in the construction of this high-quality retirement development project which will deliver much needed homes for people living in later life.
“As part of our commitment to working with the local community around our projects we are also pleased to have recently welcomed construction students from Uxbridge College to our site to learn more about the different stages on site.
“We have also recently donated 100 books through Little Box of Books to the children of St Andrews Primary School to help school literacy and provide books that prioritise diversity and inclusion for children.”
The six-storey building at St Andrews Park will be surrounded by landscaping, with dense evergreen shrubs planting to filter views of the building along with a residents’ communal garden with seating areas and raised planters. To the south of the site, there will be ornamental planting to provide seasonal interest and enhance the building facades.
Victoria Mager, Director of Development Delivery at Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for people in later life, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone in the construction of what will be a fantastic retirement development. This is a proud moment for Anchor which brings us closer to our goal of developing a total of 5,700 new homes where people love living in later life over the next ten years.”
The architect for the project is Tooley & Foster Partnership.